Young People Key to Success in Inverclyde

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CVS Inverclyde make young people their business with attainment of Investors in Young People accreditation

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Our young people bring a wealth of valuable skills, fresh ideas and, in particular, great enthusiasm to our workplace and we are very proud of their contribution to our organisation

CVS Inverclyde is the first Third Sector Interface (TSI) in Scotland and first organisation directly funded by the Scottish Government to have achieved the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people.

Commenting on the accreditation, Ian Bruce, Executive Officer of CVS Inverclyde said: “Our young people bring a wealth of valuable skills, fresh ideas and, in particular, great enthusiasm to our workplace and we are very proud of their contribution to our organisation. We are delighted to have achieved the Investors in Young People accreditation, which recognises our commitment to their ongoing training and development that will help them go on and reach their full career potential.

“Not only did we meet the required standards of good practice to gain the accreditation, the feedback from the assessor was also particularly positive, highlighting that the organisation was a great place to work. It was also felt that our commitment to the Living Wage made us stand out as a good employer.”

Launched in July last year, the IIYP accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support their employment of young people. CVS Inverclyde is now eligible to use and display the IIYP logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for CVS Inverclyde and, along with all the Investors in Young People team, I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. As recognised by CVS Inverclyde, 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.

“The IIYP framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but also marks them out as an employer of choice. I envisage that many more organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of CVS Inverclyde and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the IIYP framework.”

CVS Inverclyde, which provides advice and support for more than 600 community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that operate across the region, employs 12 people at its Ladyburn Business Centre base in Pottery Street, Greenock.

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