1 December 2014
Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity has achieved the Investors in Young People Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Young Scot as an employer of choice for young people.
Launched in July 2014, Investors in Young People originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support organisations across Scotland in the employment of young people.
Young Scot is one of the first charities to receive this accreditation, and is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.
Commenting on the award, Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Supporting young people to reach their full potential is central to what we do at Young Scot. We are delighted to achieve this important accreditation, which we believe truly puts young people at the heart of organisations.
From experience, we know that young people bring a wealth of valuable skills, knowledge and ideas, and it is an honour to be able to provide them with the opportunity to grow and nurture their talents – we’d encourage every organisation to support this fantastic IIYP award.”
Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Young Scot, and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice. I envisage that many more organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of Young Scot and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the Investors in Young People framework.”
He continued: “The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”