NZATD, in association with NZATD Education Trust, introduced the Learning and Development Innovation award to recognise excellence in the design and implementation Learning and Development programmes within organisations.  Rather than focus on a particular skill, area or methodology, it seeks to acknowledge that individuals may exhibit excellence within the profession through a range of expertise that may span a range of different learning disciplines.

Because of the nature of innovation, it is difficult to be prescriptive about what is being sought.  However, at least one of the following may apply:

  • The introduction of an entirely new paradigm to the learning and development field
  • The significant evolution of an existing methodology/resource/approach related to learning and development
  • The application/adaptation of a methodology/resource/approach usually associated with one context, to an entirely new context
  • Some other indication that demonstrates novelty, uniqueness and / or creativity.

Entries should have been implemented within New Zealand or, if implemented overseas, must have been implemented by a New Zealand resident company or New Zealand division of an international company. Membership of NZATD is not required to place an entry in the awards.


All entries will need to meet a set of baseline criteria before they can be considered for ranking against other entries.  Baseline criteria refer to those criteria that all entries must meet before they can be considered as finalists in any category.  Once adherence to base line criteria is confirmed, these criteria will not be used to differentiate between submissions. All entries meeting baseline criteria will then be assessed according to a predefined set of evaluation criteria to enable differentiation between all eligible entries by a panel of judges.  For more detail about the specific evaluation criteria in this category please see the 2014 L&D Innovation Award Grading Sheet provided.


If you would like to speak to someone about an innovation you have worked on to see if it may be suitable for entry, or need any further information about the awards, please contact our Executive Officer at with the words NZATD Awards in the subject line.  Ensure you include a contact phone number and someone from NZATD will call you.

Download your NZATD Education Trust Learning and Development Awards Application Form here!