Recognition

The SPS recognises that our people are our most valuable asset and investing in SPS people is a strategic priority. As such the SPS aims to recognise the contribution of all of our employees towards the objectives of the organisation, and to the national outcomes of the Scottish Government. Where there is evidence of one off impact success stories, consistent high achievers and those employees that excel in their role, there are a number of awards, internal and external to SPS, available for which employees can be nominated.

Awards available to SPS employees include:

New Year’s Honours

The honours system recognises people who have:

  • made significant achievements in public life
  • committed themselves to serving and helping the people of Britain

Those recognised will usually have made life better for other people, or be outstanding at what they do.  The SPS is proud to have had a number of our people recognised for their contributions.

The Butler Trust Awards

First launched in 1985, the Butler Trust Annual Awards celebrate outstanding dedication, skill and creativity by people working in prisons, probation and youth justice settings across the UK.  The Awards are the most prestigious of their kind and are presented each year by our Royal Patron, HRH Princess Royal.

Meritorious Conduct Awards

The Meritorious Conduct Award recognises acts of bravery, professionalism and selflessness that is beyond the normal call of duty.

There are three levels of award:

  • Cabinet Secretary for Justice Certificate;
  • Chief Executive Certificate;
  • Governors/Directors Commendation.

Civil Service Awards

The Civil Service Awards are a highly prestigious cross-government programme to recognise and celebrate the wealth of inspirational individuals and innovative projects within the civil service. For the last 10 years, these unique and empowering awards help to spread best practice across government, and to share innovation, learning and leadership.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

As with New Year Honours, these honours recognise people who have:

  • made significant achievements in public life
  • committed themselves to serving and helping the people of Britain

Those recognised will usually have made life better for other people, or be outstanding at what they do.

Scottish Public Service Awards

The Holyrood magazine Scottish Public Service Awards celebrate excellence within Scotland's public service. The awards, supported by the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, recognise the rich and unique diversity of public life in Scotland and the vital relationships that cut across departmental, geographic and institutional boundaries.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Many SPS employees will spend a large part of their working lives with SPS.  Achieving 20 years’ service is a significant achievement, and is recognised with this medal, regardless of role or seniority.

Imperial Service Medal

The medal recognises long and faithful Civil Service of 25 years or more by non-operational employees in Pay Bands B to E, with unblemished service during the last 15 years of service.