The Internal Talent Awards, affectionately known as the ITA’s, will be held on Thursday 19th November 2020.  At the inaugural event, the ITA’s will recognise and celebrate excellence in Internal Talent across individuals, teams and organisations.


The concept of the ITA’s came from TaPod Co-Hosts Lauren Sharp & Craig Watson who inspire and entertain listeners during their weekly podcast which shines a light (and a laugh) on the Australian Talent Acquisition community.


In a bid to see how their listenership were navigating their roles mid pandemic, the duo circulated a survey to understand how TA would emerge Post-Covid crisis. 


‘Over 63% of respondents indicated that the role of Talent Acquisition will have increased responsibilities after the pandemic’, said Craig Watson, Director of Recstra & TaPod Co-Host. ‘And the Industry deserves a platform to explore, embrace and celebrate these responsibilities.’


‘The Internal Talent Industry is filled with unheralded superstars’, said Lauren Sharp, Director of Sharp People & TaPod Co-Host. ‘We are in the business of changing people’s lives with little fanfare or recognition.  It’s time for us to acknowledge the star performers in our industry and highlight the initiatives that bring success to the Talent function’.


The ITA’s will bestow the following awards at a Gala Virtual Ceremony on Thursday 19th November:

           Talent Team of the Year

           Talent Professional of the Year

           Talent Leader of the Year

           Excellence in Candidate Experience

           Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

           Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility

           Excellence in Employer Branding

Independent judging panel includes:

·       Rachel Hill – Director HR Tech Market

·       Adam Walker – VP ANZ Avature

·       Gareth Flynn – Director TQ Solutions (Major Sponsor)


Further information on the nomination process can be found via the website 



Nominations open today (17th August) and will close on 16th of October.


We are excited to announce TQ Solutions as Major Sponsor for 2020.

Confirmed award sponsors include: Talent TableOncore ServicesCVCheckAlcami InteractiveMatchd & TaPod.


Information on how you can secure your ticket to the Gala Virtual Ceremony to follow.



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