West Highland businesses are being given a helping hand to achieve Investors in Young People Accreditation
The accreditation is part of the wider Scottish Government Youth Employment agenda and helps organisations who are looking to recruit, retain and develop Young People.
Now two organisations, the regional Developing the Young Workforce and Investors in Young People are pushing to encourage more businesses in the West Highlands to achieve this valuable accreditation and reap its many benefits.
Vicky Ferguson, Human Resources Manager at Marine Harvest Scotland, one of the first in Lochaber to achieve IIYP accreditation said: “Last year we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary and the skills required now are a world away from the early days of the industry. There are a wide range of jobs available for young people in aquaculture and we firmly believe in developing the skills of our young people and encouraging them to pursue successful careers within the industry.”
IIYP have funding of up to 50% available for organisations who can achieve accreditation before the end of March 2017. In addition to this funding, DYW West Highland have £6000 available, meaning that becoming an Investor in Young People could be free of charge.