Three outstanding teams have been short-listed for the TD2000 Award. At around 5pm on Tuesday 4 July, Will Hutton, chief executive of the Industrial Society will announce the winner of the TD2000 Award. By Stephanie Sparrow
The short-listed teams are from Barclays Bank Small Business Banking, Provident Insurance and restaurant chain TGI Friday’s.
The TD2000 campaign is run jointly by Training and the Industrial Society to seek ways of increasing the standing of training and development in eyes of business leaders.
The award was launched earlier this year when Hutton explained to Training the qualities which set high-flying training departments apart from the rest.
“They have influence and respect at the most senior levels, they know exactly what the real organisational issues are and they can demonstrate the value they add to their organisation. We think it’s time to recognise these high-flying teams and acknowledge their successes.”
Training’s editor and joint creator of the award Andrew Rogers set applicants three key challenges. “We asked entrants to show they have risen to at least two out of three criteria,” he says. “They needed to be able to show they are integrated into the rest of the organisation, have top table influence, and be able to demonstrate improved performance as a result of their training and development activities.”
Award sponsor Raytheon Training agrees that training has to be seen as a vital part of the business agenda. “We regard this integration as the single most important challenge,” says Michael Nehrmann, director of sales and marketing, Europe.
“We are all currently witnessing unprecedented changes in the global business environment. Acquisitions, mergers and outsourcing are just three examples of this turbulence. This obviously puts training departments under increasing pressure to demonstrate added value to the organisation. However, the good news is that many are successfully embracing these changes, for example by employing effective measurement and evaluation techniques.
“Professionals know that if they are proactive in times of change they will raise the status of training and development in the eyes of organisational leaders,” he says.