Announcing the 2016 Learning Awards winners

The learning and development community’s top organisations and outstanding individuals gathered together in London last night (4th February) to celebrate the 20th annual Learning Awards.

A stellar showcase of L&D excellence was present last night at the 20th annual Learning Awards, which celebrates and honours the best of the best in the learning and development industry. Devised and hosted exclusively by the Learning & Performance Institute, the Learning Awards is recognised as the L&D sector’s premier awards ceremony.

With a record number of submissions from individuals and organisations from across the globe, the winners were selected from a competitive field of entrants, all of whom 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, Barbara Thompson, Kandy Woodfield and Susan Bradshaw, who combed through hundreds of submissions to select the very best.

Popular British television and radio presenter, Claudia Winkleman, hosted the event, which took place at the Dorchester Hotel, on London’s Park Lane. 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 Growth Engineering, whilst the Learning Team of the Year, dominated by a host of well-known names, including The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Barclays Internal Audit, Cognizant Technology Solutions, BT, CBRE UK- the award went to TATA Consultancy Services.  The Learning Technologies Award was won by Immerse Learning 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 Sarah Lindsell of PwC, and the Learning Professional of the Year went to Jennifer Stanzl of TATA Consultancy Services

In his opening address LPI Chief Executive Officer Colin Steed: “With a record number of entries this year, over 300, 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. Tonight, there are no winners and losers. You are all ‘the best of the best’.”

The evening commenced with 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 £320,000 for children’s charities since the Auction was launched in 1999.

The Learning Awards 2016 Winners – Sponsored by SAS

Internal Learning Solution of the Year (Sponsored by QA)

Gold Winner: BT Technology, Service & Operations
Silver: Barclays
Bronze: Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation Trust

External Learning Solution of the Year (sponsored by CompTIA)

Gold Winner: Kallidus & TfL
Silver: Mind Gym & Thomson Reuters
Bronze: SAS Institute & HSBC Retail Risk Analytics

Apprenticeship Programme of the Year (sponsored by New Horizons)

Gold Winner: South West Water
Silver: Kwik-Fit GB
Bronze: KFC UKI

People Development Programme of the Year (Sponsored by Insights)

Gold Winner: Santander UK
Silver: Omnicom Media Group
Bronze: wagamama

Learning Technologies Award (Sponsored by Microsoft)

Gold Winner: Immerse Learning
Silver: Dubai Police
Bronze: Filtered

Innovation in Learning Award (Sponsored by Afiniti)

Gold Winner: National Training Academy for Rail & PAULEY
Silver: Filtered
Bronze: Refined Data Solutions

Social & Collaborative Learning Award (Sponsored by Saba Software)

Gold Winner: Villeroy & Boch & HT2
Silver: Citi
Bronze: AB Sugar

Start-up Learning Provider of the Year (Sponsored by Filtered)

Gold Winner: Rock and A Hard Place Learning
Silver: Bloom Learning Solutions
Bronze: Amazing If

Onboarding Programme of the Year (Sponsored by Blue Eskimo)

Gold Winner: Farmfoods & Sponge UK
Silver: Pearson & Landscape
Bronze: AIG

Learning Professional of the Year (sponsored by Immerse Learning)

Gold Winner: Jennifer Stanzl – TATA Consultancy Services
Silver: Vari Atri – Dell Sales L&D
Bronze: Jennie Marshall – QA Learning

CLO of the Year (Sponsored by

Gold Winner: Sarah Lindsell – PwC
Silver: Chris Bartlett – FMC Technologies
Bronze: Damodar Padhi – TATA Consultancy Services

Learning Team of the Year (Sponsored by TTS)

Gold Winner: TATA Consultancy Services
Silver: Barclays Internal Audit
Bronze: The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Learning Provider of the Year (Sponsored by TATA Interactive Services)

Gold Winner: Growth Engineering
Silver: Degreed
Bronze: Development Beyond Learning

This year the ceremony presented its Colin Corder Award (sponsored by Pluralsight) for Services to Learning to Julian Stodd.


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Video of the evening

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