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VisitScotland have been awarded Investors in Young People accreditation by Investors in People

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We are delighted to have our commitment in young people recognised with this accreditation. Scottish tourism is a dynamic and exciting industry and it is a great honour to be recognised as a workplace of choice for young people.

VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation based near the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, 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 VisitScotland 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.

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

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Tourism is the lifeblood of the Scottish economy and an excellent career choice. We are delighted to have our commitment in young people recognised with this accreditation. Scottish tourism is a dynamic and exciting industry and it is a great honour to be recognised as a workplace of choice for young people.”

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

Established in 1969 as the Scottish Tourist Board, VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. It employs 700 people and has offices and VisitScotland Information Centres throughout the country.

For more information on VisitScotland please contact Tom Maxwell, Corporate Press Officer on 0131 472 2409 or tom.maxwell(at)visitscotland(dot)com

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