The Hallmarks

The Hallmarks are the standards and criteria which are used to evaluate applications for the Princess Royal Training Awards. The Hallmarks ensure the same standards are used to evaluate all entries.

They also provide a guide for applicants when completing their application forms and for the assessor visit, as applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of how each of these Hallmarks has been met.

Listed below are the full details of the 'Hallmarks' for the Princess Royal Training Awards and the criteria against which applications will be assessed.

The First Hallmark

Training/learning and development is integral to your organisation.

A strategic approach

  • The need for training/learning and development has been identified and supports the organisation’s strategy for improvement.
  • There is a strong connection between the aims and objectives of the programme and those of the organisation.
  • There is a clear commitment from all levels of management to training/ learning and development.

Towards a sustainable learning culture

  • The organisation actively encourages training/learning and development, communicates effectively and motivates all employees to learn.
  • All employees clearly understand the importance of training/learning and development and how their training contributes to the success of the organisation.

The Second Hallmark

The programme is designed and delivered efficiently and effectively.

Planning and delivery

  • Learning is effectively planned and delivered by activities that are well matched to the needs of individuals.
  • Technology and/or resources are used innovatively and efficiently.
  • The programme demonstrates that appropriate consideration has been given to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Evaluation has taken place and supports improvement in the quality of training.

Cost effectiveness

  • The financial resources are considered to be cost effective in relation to the outcomes.
  • Time and other resources (if applicable) are considered to be cost effective in relation to the outcomes.

The Third Hallmark

The programme has an impact on the success of the organisation and its people.

Impact on the organisation

  • The programme has an identifiable impact on improved business performance that can be measured quantitatively and/or qualitatively.
  • The programme has a sustainable impact on its people and their performance in the organisation.

Impact on the individual

  • Implementation of the programme has improved individual performance.
  • Participants are involved in taking ownership of their learning and development needs.