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News: Learning awards winners announced


The learning community’s top organisations and outstanding individuals gathered together in London last Thursday to celebrate the 18th annual Learning Awards.

With a record number of submissions from individuals and organisations from across the globe, the Learning Awards winners were selected from a competitive field of entrants, all of which demonstrated exceptional vision and depth in providing learning solutions with a proven business impact. The Learning and Performance Institute assembled a collection of industry visionaries to form the independent judging panel, chaired by Nigel Paine, Colin Steed and Alan Bellinger, who combed through hundreds of submissions.

Popular British newsreader and television presenter, Natasha Kaplinsky hosted the event, and the ceremony was filled with international figureheads from the global learning community, who joined the awards finalists to celebrate outstanding success across 14 award categories.

The standout categories included Learning Provider of the Year, which was won by City & Guilds Kineo, whilst the Learning Team of the Year, dominated by a host of well-known names, including AMP Horizons, Dell, Civil Service Learning, Napp Pharmaceutical and Cornwall Fire & Rescue, went to PwC. The Learning Technologies Award was won by Virtual Ashridge for its outstanding example of the way in which Learning Technologies can transform an organisation’s business model. The coveted CLO of the year was won by HC-One’s Alison Innes-Farquhar, and the Learning Professional of the Year went to Hasina Miah of Roche Products.

This year the ceremony presented its Colin Corder Award for Services to Learning to Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor of The Open University. Martin is the fifth person to lead the institution in the four decades since its creation in 1969, in which time it has provided quality, innovative, accessible education to millions. Martin has more than 25 years’ experience working at the intersection between education and technology globally.

In his opening address LPI Chief Executive Colin Steed said: “With a record of almost 200 entries this year, to be a finalist is in itself an outstanding achievement. I hope that your organisations are proud of you and the real impact you have had on the performance of the business.”

Steed went on to run the LPI Charity Auction in aid of Dreamflight, a small charity who take seriously ill or disabled children to Disneyland Florida each year. The LPI has raised over £300,000 for children’s charities since the Auction was launched in 1999.

Here is the full list of winners beneath.

Internal Learning Solution of the Year – Sponsored by QA

Winner: BT Sport

External Learning Solution of the Year - Sponsored by CISCO

Winner: Toolwire & Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance

Apprenticeship Programme of the Year – Sponsored by OCR

Winner: Capgemini & QA

People Development Programme of the Year - Sponsored by Afiniti

Winner: Kia Motors & Purple Media

Learning Technologies Award – Sponsored by Microsoft

Winner: Virtual Ashridge

Innovation in Learning Award – Sponsored by GlobalEnglish

Winner: Tata Consultancy Services

Social & Collaborative Learning Award – Sponsored by Toolwire

Winner: Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Start-Up Learning Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Blue Eskimo

Winner: VLinks Media

Live Online Learning Facilitator of the Year - Sponsored by Saba

Winner: Matthew Cook - Janet

Learning Professional of the Year – Sponsored by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Winner: Hasina Miah – Roche Products

CLO of the Year – Sponsored by SAS

Winner: Alison Innes-Farquhar – HC-One

Learning Team of the Year – Sponsored by KnowledgeAdvisors

Winner: PwC

Learning Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Prometric

Winner: City & Guilds Kineo

The Colin Corder Award – Sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand

Winner: Martin Bean – Vice Chancellor, The Open University

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