HPC has been nominated for two prestigious awards at this year’s Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) Learning Awards for its work with ESB, the largest generator and supplier of electricity in Ireland.


The LPI Learning Awards are the learning sector’s annual celebration of outstanding achievement, best practice and excellence in corporate learning and performance. HPC has been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘People Development Programme of the Year (Private Sector)’ and ‘Learning Impact’ categories.


According to the LPI, “the shortlisted finalists have been selected due to their demonstration of innovation, exceptional performance and contribution to the learning profession.”


Amidst the challenges posed by climate change, Brexit and energy security, ESB developed its ‘Brighter Future Strategy’ that sets a path to a low-carbon future while ensuring business growth and the financial strength to invest at scale. Both awards are recognition of ‘Leaders for a Brighter Future (LBF)’, a development programme designed by HPC in conjunction with ESB that is linked to the rollout and success of this strategy.


David Storrs, Managing Director at HPC, recognises the power of the nominations:


“This is a tremendous recognition of the partnership we have established with the team at ESB, the strength of ESB’s commitment to L&D and the positive impact our work has had across the organisation.”


People Development Programme of the Year (Private Sector) Award


This award is for the design and implementation of a proactive, large-scale People Development Programme. The LPI judging panel looks for “clear differentiation, evidence of innovation, effective needs analysis and verification, learner and sponsor support, client satisfaction and a sustained organisational impact on the overall performance of the staff within the enterprise.”


Following a highly successful programme to the top 200 leaders in ESB, HPC partnered with ESB to bring the Brighter Future Strategy to life for 575 middle managers. The focus of the programme was the enablement of a high-performance culture that supports innovation and collaboration. The outcome was measurable behavioural change and increased engagement between teams.


Patricia Nolan, Learning & Development Delivery Manager at ESB notes the scale and the sustained impact of this programme:


“Working in collaboration with HPC, the programme was successfully designed and delivered to support 575 of our managers to lead and demonstrate the behaviours aligned to build high performance with their teams and enable the delivery of our company strategy into the future.”


Learning Impact Award


Finalists for this award had to provide the judging panel with strong evidence of “how the learning evaluation strategy measured the positive impact to the business goals of the enterprise.”


ESB’s LBF programme was focused on raising confidence and performance, empowering people leaders to deliver ESB’s Brighter Future Strategy. Specifically, participants were tasked with clarifying performance expectations and enabling the behaviours that drive collaboration and higher performance.


ESB required robust evidence of programme impact along with sustainable individual and organisational change. HPC’s unique approach to evaluation, supported by their ability to demonstrate the impact and value of learning, delivered this.


Noreen Gleeson, Learning & Development Specialist at ESB explains the impact that HPC’s approach has had within their organisation:


“We worked closely with HPC on our approach to evaluate the outcome of this programme that was based on survey outputs and data analytics. This evaluation approach has given us clear evidence of improvements in manager skillsets and we can see the sustainable changes in behaviour and increased engagement with their team.”


Looking forward to the awards


HPC and ESB will attend the Awards Ceremony in London on 17th February 2022 and David Storrs sums up their relationship:


“We’ve worked with ESB for many years, and we have a strong partnership. Understanding and being immersed in their business strategy has enabled us to design, implement and evaluate L&D solutions that have paved the way for long-term change within ESB.”


The LPI’s CEO, Edmund Monk, notes that “the total number of submissions has beaten all previous years – a sure sign that the global L&D industry continues to prevail against recent challenges. I find it extremely gratifying to discover how each individual or organisation has uniquely approached workplace learning, and how they have all found new ways to drive performance within business.”


The stature and prestige of The Learning Awards is well recognised in the industry and HPC look forward to being in the company of all finalists, who are leading the way for L&D.



About The Learning and Performance Institute


Established in 1995, the LPI (Learning and Performance Institute) is a self-governing professional body for global workplace learning professionals and organisations.


A global ceremony for the learning sector, the Learning Awards recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence in Learning and Development across the globe. The Awards are independently judged and this year received hundreds of entries from more than 80 countries.


About HPC


HPC has been providing people development solutions for 40 years, partnering with clients to create a high-performance culture that has a positive impact on business growth and personal development. We work with senior leadership teams, emerging leaders, frontline managers and graduates to build capability, provoke new ways of thinking and support an improved employee experience.


About ESB


Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927.


As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, ESB extracts further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and more.

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