Delivered in partnership with People Management magazine, the awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and learning and development. 

The awards are made up of 19 individual, team and specialist categories, as well as an overall winner. They are open to all organisations regardless of size or sector, and highlight the valuable contribution that HR and L&D professionals make to the overall success and sustainability of an organisation.

A new category this year is ‘Best international HR initiative’, which recognises the need for HR to be agile in an increasingly global marketplace. The shortlist will be announced the week commencing 5 June, ahead of the awards dinner, which will take place on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

This year’s categories are:

  • Best apprenticeship scheme
  • Best change management initiative
  • Best coaching and mentoring initiative
  • Best digital initiative in HR/L&D
  • Best diversity and inclusion initiative
  • Best employee engagement initiative
  • Best employer-supported volunteering programme
  • Best health and well-being initiative
  • Best HR/L&D consultancy
  • Best HR/L&D supplier
  • Best international HR initiative
  • Best L&D initiative – public/third sector
  • Best L&D initiative – private sector
  • Best recruitment and talent management initiative
  • Best reward initiative
  • Best SME people management initiative
  • HR/L&D team of the year
  • Michael Kelly outstanding student award - advanced level
  • Michael Kelly outstanding student award - intermediate and foundation level

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, said: 

"We’ve seen a significant amount of change since last year’s awards, particularly in the political landscape. The need to engage with our people, to ensure we are recognising and valuing diversity, to encourage their well-being, and to understand the outcomes of what we do in driving innovation, adaptation, and productivity have never been more important. The changing contexts of work don’t look like they’re going to slow down any time soon. In the first few months of this year alone we’ll see the National Living Wage increase, Gender Pay Gap reporting come into force, as well as the arrival of the highly-anticipated Apprenticeship Levy.

"Much of this change has and will have a direct impact on the HR and L&D professions. We need to continue to evolve, to innovate, to drive value and to understand risks, whilst delivering clear and effective people management and development initiatives. This year’s People Management awards will recognise the teams and individuals that are achieving excellence through initiatives that not only fit changing contexts, but continue to champion better work and working lives. I wish all entrants the best of luck and look forward to celebrating the outstanding results that have been achieved over the last 12 months.”

Mike Beesley, CEO of Headline Sponsor Resource Management (RM), said: 

"We are delighted to be headline sponsor of the People Management Awards for the third year running. After 40 years in the business, RM has been lucky enough to act as recruitment partner to many successful businesses and to have witnessed first-hand some truly amazing, inspirational work that has taken place across all aspects of people management.

"Right now it feels that the industry is in particularly good shape and engaging in ways that are both exciting and inspirational while at the same time changing the way we operate in the future. Therefore, and are very much looking forward to celebrating with all the finalists on what we are sure will be a very enjoyable evening."

This year’s headline sponsor is Resource Management and category sponsor CIPHR. Early bird entries for the awards close on 13 April and the final entry deadline is 20 April. For more information and to enter the Awards, visit CIPD People Management Awards or join the conversation using #PMAs17.

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