PAS | Awards and Achievements in The Public Appointments Service


The Public Appointments Service has received many prestigious awards - these are a testament to our staffs dedication and professionalism.

Excellence through Accessibility AwardExcellence through Accessibility Award

Excellence through Accessibility seeks to promote and reward a clear focus on and commitment to continuous improvement in accessibility of public services at all levels in participating organisations. To do this the award encourages the development of policies, practices and relationships to ensure that achievements in accessibility are sustainable and meaningful to customers.

The Excellence through Accessibility award scheme acknowledges those Departments and Agencies under their remit that have taken steps to make their services more accessible. Through the Award, NDA hopes to support the achievement of maximum accessibility of public services for people with disabilities in Ireland. The awards are presented to pioneering public bodies that reach high standards in accessibility across key aspects of their services including buildings and facilities, publications, websites, customer services, human resources and procurement procedures.

The award winners and all participating public bodies were benchmarked against a broad range of standards covering each aspect of their services. The EtA awards are decided by an independent approvals board that is chaired by James McClean, Chairperson of People with Disabilities in Ireland.

Excellence Through People - Platinum AccreditationExcellence Through People - Platinum Accreditation

The Excellence Through People accreditation is Ireland's national standard for human resource development. Its two main objectives are to encourage the development of employees to their full potential so as to maximise their contribution to the specific needs of the organisation and to show recognition for organisations that have achieved this standard.

The award is achieved by organisations that have best practice Human Resource Systems in place, particularly in the area of staff training and development, communication, and staff involvement in the decision making processes in the organisation.

The assessment involved a lengthy analysis of our Human Resource Systems and interviews with staff from across all grades and sections, in order to discuss their personal experience of opportunities for development and involvement in the organisation.

The criteria under which we were assessed were:

  • Business Planning and Quality Improvement
  • Effective Communication and People Involvement
  • Leadership and People Management
  • Planning of Learning & Development
  • Training and Life Long Learning
  • Review of Learning
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Employee Wellbeing

We achieved platinum accreditation which is the highest award available and were delighted to achieve this level of award.

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