Developing People: Elizabeth Gardiner on the award which celebrates professional practice in the Civil Service

Civil Service Awards champion Elizabeth Gardiner on what she’s looking for in a ‘Developing People award’ winner, and why we should all be nominating our colleagues 

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By Elizabeth Gardiner

26 Jun 2019

As nominations come in for the 14th annual Civil Service Awards, I am delighted to be championing the new Developing People Award.

The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the success of colleagues, and help us to identify and acknowledge the exceptional achievements of the Civil Service over the last year.

I know there is fantastic work going on, the length and breadth of the country (and beyond!) to develop civil servants, supporting and encouraging them to build their skills and knowledge and enhance Civil Service capability.  I am particularly passionate about this category because the Civil Service is only as good as its people and it is great to get an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work being done to make sure we are a Brilliant Civil Service.

Here at the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, in the Cabinet Office, we see a focus on high quality learning and development opportunities, including “on the job” training, as vital to maintaining the quality of our services and to staff retention and satisfaction. Investing our time in people and their skills creates a supportive and nurturing environment where we all feel valued and can make use of the wealth of knowledge and experience of our colleagues.

'Investing our time in people and their skills creates a supportive and nurturing environment where we all feel valued'

The Developing People award (formerly the Skills award) aims to recognise a team or leadership group that has displayed excellence in promoting skills development across a team, unit or department etc which resulted in positive business outcomes.  

We are looking for nominations which recognise and highlight the great work taking place across all areas of learning, skills development, capability strengthening and talent management, and all parts of the Civil Service.

Do you know colleagues who demonstrate “best in-class” professional practice; who have a real understanding of what their department, agency or unit needs to succeed; whose work reflects and advances the ambition behind ‘A Brilliant Civil Service”; and who have a strong and demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion?  If so, please show them how much you admire what they have done by taking the time to nominate them for the Civil Service Developing People award.

A nomination sends a strong message of support for and appreciation of our colleagues doing wonderful work across the Civil Service.  

There are also other categories still open for nominations, and you can find out more information here

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