Highland Hotel puts Young People Front and Centre with new Award from Investors in People

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Wick based MacKay's Hotel, have achieved the Investors in Young People accreditation, one of the first hotels in Scotland to do so.

We are in our 14th year as an Investors in People organisation and to add Investors in Young People is a testament to the strength of our team here in the hotel.

Wick-based Mackays Hotel 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 Mackays Hotel is 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.

Having achieved the accreditation, Mackays Hotel is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, Murray Lamont, Owner, said: “Investment in training is very much at the core of our business. We are in our 14th year as an Investors in People organisation and to add Investors in Young People is a testament to the strength of our team here in the hotel.

“We have been a WorldHost Recognised Business and are one of only six WorldHost Centres of Excellence in the UK. These initiatives enable us to underpin our internal training systems. One of our young trainee managers has recently achieved SVQ Level 3 Supervision and Leadership, the first for University of Highlands and Islands. We want to encourage younger people to come into this industry and recognise it as a profession, rather than a stopgap. Our involvement in these initiatives helps to do this.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Mackays Hotel, 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 Mackays Hotel 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.”

Mackays Hotel is based in Wick, Caithness and employs 30 staff. The building was a purpose built hotel in 1883 and the Lamont family has owned the hotel for 60 years. The No 1 Bistro has an AA Rosette and is situated on the Shortest Street in the World, Ebenezer Place.

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