Building Employee Capability for the Future

You’re thinking about entering the Building Employee Capability for the Future Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Excellence in Sustainable Operations at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

Focus of the Category

This category recognises businesses that have successfully improved the capability of their workforce.  This initiative is closely aligned with the business strategy and has targeted measurable improvements in business performance.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Capabilities targeted and the drivers
  • Describe the capabilities you were aiming to develop and explain why this was important to you.
  • Was the project driven by your own employees or was an external training provider involved?  Is it a mix of the two?
  • How were the participants selected and what criteria were used?  Was the programme open to all employees?  Did the type of training vary depending on the role of the employee?
  • Did the participants get any certification at the end of the training?
  • How do you plan to sustain and build on the outcomes of this initiative?

10 / 60

  1. Alignment with business strategy
  • How did this capability building process support the strategy for your business?  How was the business strengthened by the success of this initiative?  How was the strategic alignment verified and documented – business planning process, for example
  • Did the project support the implementation of a new process, piece of equipment or identified skill shortages in your organisation such a leadership, project management or lean manufacturing?

10 / 60

  1. Confirm the innovative elements of this initiative
  • What did you see as innovative about this initiative? This may include factors such as the source of participants, the content or delivery mode, partnerships with other companies or several training providers.
  • Were flexible learning approaches used such as a mix of face to face and online learning?  Did you include coaching and mentoring?  How was this approach designed?

10 / 60

  1. Confirm the outcomes
  • Describe the benefits this initiative delivered to the business.
  • Did you generate positive outcomes that you didn’t predict when you started out? Did you measure these outcomes?

10 / 60

  1. Quantify the benefits achieved
  • Demonstrate with data, the tangible business outcomes in areas such as increased productivity, reduced costs, delivery performance, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction and retention.
  • Include statistics on improved re-work rates, lowered wastage, reduced bottlenecks or increase in throughput.
  • If the initiative was targeted at management level capabilities, how do you know it delivered positive outcomes for the business?  Please provide data to validate these outcomes.

10 / 60

  1. Describe the benefits of the initiative for the people in your organisation
  • Describe the benefits delivered to your employees.  How has it improved their lives?  What pathways are now open to them?  Can they use the benefits outside work?
  • It may be that the up-skilled workforce feels more secure and content in their job or it may have opened up career opportunities.

10 / 60

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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