Hang Seng Bank and Regal Hotels International won two awards each yesterday in the Hong Kong Management Association's Award for Excellence in Training competition. The second-largest locally-incorporated bank was awarded the gold prize in the skills training and development category, and Janice Li, also from the bank, won the best presentation award. Regal Hotels International, which owns and manages four hotels in Hong Kong, won the bronze prize in the skills training and development category, while also winning the silver prize in the strategic human resource development category. Now in its eighth year, the Award for Excellence in Training, organised by the Human Resources Development Management Committee of the HKMA, is the only award of its kind in Hong Kong that gives public recognition to achievements in human resources development and training. Peter Lau, chairman of Giordano International said: 'The winning submissions, all submissions, for that matter, did not clearly distinguish strategic human resource development programmes and skills training and development programmes.' He said the differentiation would be critical to lay out proper short term, mid-term and long term initiatives to ensure continuity and longevity of human resources capability in the organisation. 'I hope that the award will continue to remind HR professionals to develop more depth in their thinking and planning,' Mr Lau said. He said the effective use of multi- media technology, was an outstanding feature of the winning submissions. 'This should indicate, I hope, similar level of application in their companies' training method. Proper mix of multi-media technology and other forms of presentations involving face to face contact could be the most effective in skills training and development, providing customised training and development programmes to the students. 'One common characteristic, however, is that all programmes presented are properly integrated into corporate strategies, thus part of a holistic approach.' While noting that there were no innovative practises evident from the winners this year, Mr Lau urged HR practitioners to look at new examples so they could be emulated. 'In order to upgrade human resources development in Hong Kong, professionals should learn to practice their trade in an organised well thought out and professional way as a foundation,' Mr Lau said. 'To go the extra mile, professionals need to experiment with new learning models. Some of these models are often developed in the West and could be tried in the Hong Kong environment. 'There are more new learning models now being developed in the East. Human resources professionals should not neglect development in China.' Mr Lau is also a member of the panel of judges for the award. The other judges are: Professor Oliver Yau, associate dean, faculty of business, City University of Hong Kong; Mary Szeto, director of the Civil Service Training and Development Institute; Dr E.K. Yeoh, chief executive of the Hospital Authority, and Peter Barrett, managing director, Organisation Development. The award aims to recognise the achievements of HR professionals and improve the quality of human resource development and training through examples of good HRD and training and shared experiences. It also aims to give more recognition to the contribution that human resource development and training can make to corporate results. Giordano International and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation sponsor the award. Mass Transit Railway Corporation is a co-sponsor. Winners in each category will be allowed to use the award logo on their stationery, promotional literature and in advertising. The competition has two categories - strategic human resource development and skills training and development. This offers HR professionals and trainers the chance to have their efforts better recognised by their organisation, peer professionals and the community. Programmes that contribute to a major change or people development schemes that have a bearing on a significant part of an organisation or has a major impact on organisational performance can be entered into the strategic HRD category. The skills training and development category considers training for specific management, supervisory, professional or technical skills, which is targeted to a specific area of an organisation. Final judging was held last week. Gold, silver and bronze prizes are awarded in each of the award's two categories. A recipient of the best presentation award is also selected. Final results were announced last night at the 12th Susan Yuen Memorial Lecture. EXCELLENCE REWARDED Skills Training and Development: GOLD prize - Hang Seng Bank; SILVER - Marks & Spencer (Hong Kong); BRONZE - Regal Hotels International. Strategic Human Resource Development: SILVER - Regal Hotels International; BRONZE - DHL International (Hong Kong). Best Presentation: Janice Li (Hang Seng Bank).