The Civil and Public Service is committed to promoting excellence, innovation and career development. We have opportunities to work on exciting projects, to excel in different work environments and to develop your career path in a range of disciplines.
A number of different events showcase the success, creativity and excellence that civil servants deliver through innovative projects which transform the way we provide services to the public. This includes:
- The Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards
- The Civil Service Graduate Development Programme
- The Excellence in Local Government Awards
These awards highlight some of the inspiring projects that civil servants are engaged in and demonstrates the significant impact you can make, as well as the variety of rewarding and challenging work that a career in the Civil and Public Service offers.
The Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards
The Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards is an annual event that recognises excellence, best practice and innovation within the public service.
The awards promote commitment and achievements among staff and showcase enterprise in policy and service across the Civil and Public Service.
A sample of projects, listed below, from the 2018 and 2017 awards demonstrates the broad range of projects undertaken by various departments across the Civil and Public Service.
The Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards 2019
A selection of the winners of the 2019 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards are listed below:
Award: Research, Analytics & Insight
Project: The ObSERVE Programme
Winner: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Award: Excellence in Innovation
Project: Fresh Approaches to Driving Women's Participation in the Arts and Culture Sector
Winner: Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Award: Excellence through Collaboration
Project: Bail Supervision Scheme
Winner: Department of Children and Youth Affairs/ Irish Youth Justice Services
The Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards 2018
A selection of the winners of the 2018 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards are listed below:
Award: Leading Civil Service Renewal
Project: Employee Engagement Programme
Winner: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Award: Excellence in Innovation
Project: Leading Europe in the Interpretation of Complex DNA Evidence
Winner: Forensic Science Ireland
Award: World Class Civil Service
Project: The Citizens’ Assembly
Winner: Department of the Taoiseach
The Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards 2017
Award: Research, Analytics and Insight
Winner: Met Eireann, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Project: MÉRA Met Éireann Research Analysis
Met Éireann’s engaging and highly informative project MÉRA was the 2017 winner of the Research, Analytics and Insight project.
This interactive project created a high-level simulation of Ireland’s climate over the last number of decades and is expected to be incredibly useful for research, planning and policy around climate change.
The initiative will help in predicting future climate change patterns in Ireland and tackling the challenges that these climate change patterns are expected to bring.
Award: Excellence in Policy
Winner: Department of Health
Project: National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026
The 2017 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Award for Excellence in Policy was won by the Department of Health for their National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 project.
This ambitious project set out the Department of Health’s strategic policy around cancer prevention until 2026.
The cornerstone of the strategy is to prevent cancer across the population of Ireland with a cost effective and long-term approach. The key elements of this approach include early diagnosis, cancer awareness and education, as well as greater integration of services for patients.
Find out more information about Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards.
Excellence in Local Government Awards
The Excellence in Local Government Awards highlights best practice in Local Government and the wide variety of projects and work that is undertaken by local government authorities across Ireland.
This includes, but is not limited to, innovative work on supporting active communities, supporting local tourism, sustaining the arts, adapting to climate change, health and well-being, best practice in citizen engagement and disability service provisions.
A cross section of projects from the 2018 and 2017 awards are listed below to highlight the varied and creative projects that are delivered by local government authorities.
Excellence in Local Government Awards 2018
Award: Supporting Active Communities
Winner: Fingal County Council
Project: Fingal Kaleidoscope Intergenerational Project (Seniors and Four Year Olds)
Fingal County Council won the Award for Supporting Active Communities with their Kaleidoscope Intergenerational Project. The project was a partnership with Fingal County Council Development Office, Bright Sparks Montessori and Donabate Portrane Seniors developing an innovative intergenerational project which involved sharing arts, crafts, stories, news and songs.
Award: Health and Well Being
Winner: Cavan County Council
Project: Cavan Rainbow Youth: An LGBT Youth Support Service in County Cavan
Cavan County Council and its interagency partners won the Health and Well Being Award at the 2018 Excellence in Local Government Awards. The initiative helps support young LGBT people in Cavan by providing training, supports and advice for schools and youth services in the area.
Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017
Award: Heritage and Built Environment
Winner: Cork City Council
Project: Spike Island, Cork Harbour
Cork County Council won the Heritage and Built Environment Award at the 2017 Excellence in Local Government Awards for their ambitious project Spike Island. This exciting project was set up to transform the island into an attraction for tourists and local people in Ireland.
The project included sensitively restoring the former island prison and fortress while telling the rich story of the island’s history through carefully considered interpretation. Cork County Council envisions this project as a collaboration of projects spanning Cork City and the harbour area which has helped transform Spike Island into a unique cultural heritage destination.
Telling the story of Spike Island and showing an appreciation of the heritage site was one of the key objectives that has been delivered through the project to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Award: Festival of the Year Award
Winner: Donegal County Council
Project: Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival
Donegal County Council received the Excellence in Local Government for the Festival of the Year Award. The Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival has grown year on year and has fast become an iconic gathering for surfers and music fans.
The festival is a celebration of Ireland’s outdoors with a particular emphasis on the surfing scene. With a vast array of local and international musicians from numerous genres of music, the festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the year attended by Irish and international festival fans.
Find out more about the Excellence in Local Government Awards.
The Civil Service Graduate Development Programme
The Civil Service Graduate Development Programme is designed to inspire, challenge and support the next generation of Civil Service leaders.
This programme has been designed to support you, as new recruits at Administrative Officer and Third Secretary levels, in meeting your potential and delivering at this early stage of your careers. Throughout the programme, you will engage in learning activities, projects and workshops that promote self-awareness, personal development and strategic thinking.
Group projects allow for participants to collaborate cross-departmentally, to research a potential policy initiative and to create innovative solutions to challenging issues that can be used and implemented across the Civil and Public Service.
The programme builds upon your experience to further develop your expertise, confidence, self awareness and personal effectiveness. This gives you the opportunity to realise your potential and flourish in your career.
Some of the previous winning projects from the Graduate Development Programme are listed below to provide you with an insight into the varied types of projects that graduates can work on.
The Civil Service Graduate Development Programme Awards
One of the two winning projects from the 2016-2017 Graduate Development Programme was for Developing the Civil Service as a Graduate Employer of Choice. The project included benchmarking and researching ways into developing the Civil Service as a Graduate Employer of Choice and implementing a strategy to achieve this.
The project facilitated participants to work with fellow graduates from across departments to address the challenge of developing the Civil Service as a Graduate Employer of choice.
“Skills for Matching in the Civil Service” was one of the winning projects in the 2016-2017 Graduate Development Programme. The programme gave graduates who have entered the Civil and Public Service the opportunity to work on a project which researched best practice in matching skills to roles in the Civil Service.
The programme included mentoring, team collaboration, researching and presenting project findings. The work from these projects was used to deliver a framework on matching skills to roles in the Public Service.
The winning team for the Graduate Development Programme in 2015-2016 was for the Online and Social Media Innovation Action Plan for the Public Appointments Service. This project gave graduates the opportunity to deliver an online social media strategy for the Public Appointments Service. The results of their finding were used by the Public Appointments Service to drive a new social media strategy.