How to apply

Best Practice In Professional Development Award 2015

The following criteria will be used as a guideline when judging the applications for the Best Practice in Professional Development Award. The criteria reflect the two categories (small and medium enterprises and larger organisations) and, therefore they should be taken into account rather than be regarded as mandatory. By doing this, we hope that you will find scope to show ways in which you/your organisation have been innovative in developing and maintaining your company’s professional development programme.

Where applicable, applicants will need to provide evidence of:

  • producing a formal career path for employees, such as a structured training scheme and career planning tools
  • encouraging professional development for staff (Chartered Status) and the use of training plans, through quality measures such as Investors in People, and schemes being in place for providing guidance, coaching and mentoring staff.
  • promoting a healthy work-life balance
  • encouraging career progression and promotion
  • establishing a process for recognising individual staff member’s specific skills and competences
  • providing a platform for staff to contribute to company practice, procedures and future plans
  • supporting and encouraging employees to participate in seminars, contribute to journals, attend conferences, etc

To apply
To nominate your company for the Best Practice In Professional Development award, you must submit your completed application by Friday 5 June 2015 following the guidelines below.

  • Applications must include a submission document and covering letter. Together, these should be a maximum of 1000 words. The submission document should explain the training and development opportunities within the company. Where relevant, it should cover the issues listed in the criteria, and mention as many relevant initiatives as are appropriate
  • The document should be written about the company, not from an individual employee’s viewpoint
  • Applications must be jointly submitted, and signed, by both a senior director/chief executive and one or more employees who are physicists

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The award will be presented to the organisation as a whole rather than a specific department. Winners receive an award and a certificate, and are profiled on the Institute’s website and in its publications for three years, as an example of best-practice physicist development.