The University Health Board serving Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion took home top accolades at the CIPD Wales Awards, which celebrates HR and people development across Wales.

The CIPD Wales Awards returned to Cardiff’s City Hall with its fifth annual awards, marking the first gala ceremony since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Throughout Wales, thousands of people are employed in the people profession, with HR and leadership development covering all sectors and industries.

This year saw Hywel Dda University Health Board awarded Best Apprenticeship Scheme as the judges praised its strategic programme, demonstrating that it links to the overall aims of the organisation and supports the communities in which it operates, providing employment opportunities for hundreds of local people.

Speaking of the awards, Amanda Glanville at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award. It reflects the determination and passion of our team and we couldn’t be happier.

“Our apprentices work really hard and it’s great that they are getting the recognition they deserve. We hope that we can continue to deliver our apprenticeship scheme and make a difference in the communities that we serve.”

This year’s winners were selected by a judging panel of top HR and business professionals, including: director of HR & Corporate Services for Welsh Government, Peter Kennedy; UK HR director at Airbus Operations LTD, Nicola Montgomery; head of people at Admiral, Rhian Langham and managing director at Resolution at Work, Alison Love.

Lesley Richards, head of CIPD Wales, said: “The CIPD Wales Awards are always a brilliant opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the outstanding, groundbreaking, and sometimes career changing work that goes on across the country.

“Year-on-year we’re impressed by the number and the quality of entries, along with the dedication to people development that has been showcased, and this year proved no different with organisations and individuals from across West Wales proving their successes.

“All our winners, those highly commended and finalists have proven they maximise the utmost potential and opportunities for their employees.”

The 2023 CIPD Wales Awards were sponsored by: Welsh Government, HR Spectrum, Human Resourcing, Hoop Human Resources, Monmouthshire Building Society, Moxie People, Resolution at Work, Cardiff Business School, Red Dot 365 and Hugh James.