Ulster Bank wins overall prize at IITD National Training Awards 2016

Ulster Bank has won the top award at the 2016 IITD National Training Awards presented in Killashee House Hotel, Naas, supported by Harvest Resources. This was the biggest year so far for the awards, over 500 people attended, confirming that an IITD National Training Award is the premier recognition for excellence in people development across all sectors.

Accepting the award on behalf of Ulster Bank, Joyce Walsh, Head of Learning, said: “we have been through a huge amount of change and restructuring over the past eight years and for the team and myself to be recognised for what we’ve done is phenomenal.” Ulster Bank’s Director of HR, Kevin Keegan, added: “Our training and development team have delivered amazing results for the bank, including being number one in the sector for customer service, trust and advocacy. I have huge pride that our training and development team has achieved this recognition.”

President of the Institute, Nicola O’Neill, said: “This was our biggest ever awards event in the number of entries received and the numbers in attendance at the event shows that learning and development is firmly at the top of high performing companies’ agenda. The awards are both a celebration of success and an education on the range of breakthroughs organisations have made through best practice in people development.”

Category awards were also presented, four in collaboration with IBEC, IMI, Open University and the Association for Coaching. The winners included: 

Ulster Bank - Best Learning & Development Organisation (Large) & Overall Winner 

Kerry Group - Best Work-Based Learning Initiative - Click for Photo

permanentTSB - Best Talent Management Initative - Click for Photo

Lidl Ireland - Best Leadership Development Programme - Click for Photo

SuperValu - Best Change Management Initiative - Click for Photo 

Diageo Positive2Work Skillnet & DSP - Best Back to Employment Initiative - Click for Photo

eBay - Excelence in Coaching Award - Click for Photo

Topaz Energy - Most Innovative use of Technology - Click for Photo

RCSI Institute of Leadership - Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative - Click for Photo

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard - Best Graduate Programme - Click for Photo

Morgan McKinley; Best Learning & Development Organisations (Medium) - Click for Photo

The Insurance Institute - Best Learning & Development Organisation (Not for Profit) - Click for Photo

XL Vets Skillnet - Best Learning & Development Organisations (Networks & Groups) - Click for Photo

Bank of Ireland - Rising Star Award - Eimear Nugent - Click for Photo

Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association & HBS Group - Best Consultancy Partnership - Click for Photo

Now in their 18th year, the IITD National Training Awards are an opportunity for organisations to benchmark their training and development programmes with similar size entities. Entries are judged on criteria including the level of resources; investment in training & development (T&D); innovation in delivery; evidence of sustainability of initiatives; use of technology in learning; programme design; outcomes, and evaluation of T&D activity.  

The Pearse Walsh award for Innovation in the Transfer of Learning was also presented on the night by Harvest Resources to Blizzard Entertainment, Cork, (Click for Photo) in recognition of development of gaming for learning and education for their Customer service team.