CIPD Northern Ireland HR Awards 

11th April 2022

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence   

APPLICATIONS are open for the 2022 CIPD Northern Ireland Awards.

Now in their 10th year, the awards, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), celebrate the best of HR and people management, and the contribution to the success of public, private and third sector organisations in Northern Ireland.  

This year’s awards comprise of 14 categories, including awards for individuals, teams and organisations. There are new awards for employee voice, resourcing, and apprenticeships, reflecting the increased focus on these in the new world of work, plus a new rising star category for mid-career professionals. 

The 2022 categories are: 

  • Best HR student  
  • Best change management initiative 
  • Best hybrid and flexible working initiative 
  • Best people team 
  • Best health and wellbeing initiative 
  • Best L&D/OD initiative 
  • Best employee voice initiative (new) 
  • Best inclusion and diversity initiative 
  • Best external consultancy 
  • Best resourcing and talent initiative (new) 
  • Best apprenticeship scheme (new) 
  • Rising star of the people profession (new) 
  • Excellence in HR leadership  

There is also a prestigious award for Outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland, which is chosen by the judging panel. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Titanic Belfast on Thursday October 6. 

Commenting on the event CIPD Memberships, Networks and Communities Manager, Susan Hayman said: “We’re very excited to be celebrating 10 years of the CIPD NI Awards, which are firmly established as the most prestigious awards for the HR profession in Northern Ireland.

“People professionals have worked incredibly hard through the pandemic, guiding their organisations through a myriad of changes and supporting their people. Northern Ireland is rich with talented HR professionals, and we look forward to hearing about their great work and celebrating their successes in championing better work and working lives at the 2022 CIPD NI Awards.”  

Leading specialist recruitment company, MCS is the title sponsor of the awards for a fourth consecutive year and once again nijobfinder is media partner. 

Ryan Calvert, Manager of HR recruitment at MCS Group said: “MCS is delighted to continue our support as headline sponsors of the CIPD NI Awards. In today’s tough recruitment market, organisations are looking to stand out as an employer of choice. Winning in the CIPD NI Awards is an excellent way of instilling pride amongst your team and boosting your employee brand, and I would really encourage HR professionals to think about what they’ve achieved over the past year and put their best work forward for this year’s awards.”   

Colin Maxwell, Business Manager of nijobfinder commented: “Nijobfinder is delighted to continue our support as media partner for the CIPD NI Awards.  We have partnered with the CIPD on the awards since their inception 10 years ago, and we look forward to using our platform in print and online to continue to help to raise the profile of the awards, and to contributing to their success.” 

For full details of each category and how to enter visit 

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