TJ Awards 2016 - Celebrating the best in L&D

The best examples of L&D work from across the country have been recognised at the 11th annual TJ Awards, with 45 winners across 15 categories.

Robert Wagner, commercial director at headline sponsor DPG, described the awards as "the most respected and coveted awards in our industry" representing an "impressive" array of talent.

An audience of more than 500 L&D professionals attended the black tie event, hosted by TV presenter Kate Garraway at The Brewery, London, on Tuesday 6th December night.
One of the award winners was Eamonn Eaton, head of group learning & engagement, Bank of Ireland.

He received won gold in the L&D professional of the year category, as well as for the best commercial programme – won by the Bank of Ireland and Accenture.
“Winning the Best Commercial Programme against such strong competition is a great mark of recognition for the hard work and achievements of all the team. From a personal perspective receiving the L&D Professional of the Year is such an honour and one I really appreciate and value,” he told TJ.

“The TJ’s are a highlight of the year and really are the Training Industry standard awards,” Mr Eaton added.

Another organisation which enjoyed success was Transport for London, winner of gold in the change management and customer service categories, and silver in the best use of technology in learning.

Alexandra Bode-Tunji, programme lead people transformation, Transport for London, told TJ: “Over the last three years my team and I have worked collaboratively with the business and our suppliers – T-Three, Interact and Kallidus on an extensive culture change programme within London Underground.”

She added: “The awards are recognition of excellence, commitment, flexibility, tenacity, resilience and passion from all involved. The legacy from the change programme has resulted in the opportunity to transform our internal management development and leadership programme.”

Some of the other winners included the Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, given the gold award for the best coaching and mentoring programme, and praised by judges for “delivering a coaching programme that has not only positively changed the lives of people within the organisation, but the lives of people outside of it as well.” 

While Southend-on-Sea Borough Council won the best organisational development programme, with the judges impressed “with the persistence and creativity of the approach.”

Another gold winner, the House of Fraser for the best leadership development programme, was praised for having developed something “which has clearly been career- and life-changing for many of the delegates, adding value to the business and individuals alike.”

Debbie Carter, TJ’s editor commented: “This year saw some fantastic entries and everyone who was shortlisted should feel proud to have been nominated.”

The January 2017 edition of TJ will include a special sixteen-page supplement on this year's awards, and the TJ Awards 2017 will open for entries in February.

Written by: Jonathan Owen 
Photos: Tom Hampson