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Investors in Young People achieve top marks from scottish businesses

The research, which was carried out by the University’s Training and Employment Research Unit, reviewed opinions and experiences of the 172 businesses in Scotland that were accredited within IIYP’s first year.

The study from the University of Glasgow also revealed the main indicators behind so many organisations applying for the accreditation within the first 12 months. 89% of employers cited getting recognition for things they were already doing in the workplace and significantly, 87% wanted to be recognised and seen as an employer of choice. Future-proofing business prospects also featured high on the agenda, with almost a quarter (24%) citing the importance of creating a pool of future talent.  

To coincide with the first anniversary and the findings, the organisation behind IIYP, Investors in People (IIP) is refining the framework for the second year.  The new 2nd Generation Investors in Young People framework has an emphasis on stretching organisations that have excelled at developing practices for recruiting, retaining and developing young people.

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, commented: “IIYP launched last year and the findings from Glasgow University are very encouraging. However the first anniversary is a time to pause and consider the achievements that have taken place during the first year. Going into the second year, IIYP has a very strong platform on which to build, with an emphasis on pushing organisations that already do good work with young people.

“Currently the accreditation process involves the IIYP team working closely with businesses to assess their business needs and objectives, we then look at how young people can help businesses to achieve their targets. We’ve found many of our accredited organisations pushing ahead and raising their commitment to working with young people, really making them an integral part of their business. Therefore we felt it appropriate to stretch the standard of the IIYP programme - companies will now have the opportunity to apply for the standard silver or gold level.”

To mark the launch of the new framework Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, met with the IIYP team and the first group of businesses to achieve the new accreditation levels. Representatives from the business community, including Morgan Stanley (Gold), Robertson Group (Silver), Scottish Youth Parliament (Gold), Mearns and Company (Silver) and The National Piping Centre (Silver) were all in attendance.

Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing said:  “Investors in Young People accreditation recognises the good work of employers in Scotland and all recipients are fine examples for other employers and organisations.

“I am confident that interest from employers in the new Second Generation IIYP model will prove to be every bit as strong as it has been in the original framework and even more employers will come to understand the business benefits of engaging with education to develop their young workforce.”

Gemma Cannon, ACIPD, General Manager of The National Piping Centre added “Almost half of our employees are under the age of 25 so the IIYP accreditation seemed like a natural fit for our business.  With the assistance of IIYP we have implemented various changes to the business, which all support the overall business strategy.  As a result, communication, leadership and teamwork have all improved and we have developed a stronger team.”

Peter Russian concluded: “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, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations, along with enthusiasm and unique talents. With IIYP’s new framework we aim to help Scottish businesses recruit and develop young people, to ensure we build a dynamic and productive workforce across the country.”

IIYP is the country’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people. The programme, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, is led by Sir Ian Wood and is supported by &pound1 million funding from the Scottish Government. 

IIYP works closely with organisations from across the private, public and third sectors to assist them in meeting their business objectives by engaging and developing a talent pipeline for the future. The framework provides advice, recommendations and best practice regarding the recruitment, employment and training of young workers.


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