Conservation Charity Recognised for work with Young People

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The National Trust for Scotland has achieved Investors in Young People Accreditation from Investors in People Scotland

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This award is so important because it signals our deep and abiding commitment to bringing young people into the Trust and offering them new skills, experience and opportunities in return. - Simon Skinner, Chief Executive

The National Trust for Scotland, Scotland's largest conservation charity and membership organisation, has been awarded the Investors in Young People accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people.

The award represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates the Trust 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, the Trust is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, the National Trust for Scotland’s new Chief Executive, Simon Skinner said: “This award is so important because it signals our deep and abiding commitment to bringing young people into the Trust and offering them new skills, experience and opportunities in return.

“If our heritage is to have a future, we have to engage with young people and ensure that new generations come forward to take up the challenge of conserving our national treasures. The Trust is a unique employer in many ways because we offer job opportunities that range from the traditional skills needed at our historic properties, such as stonemasonry, through to the most modern digital communications.

“The award is tangible evidence that the National Trust for Scotland is a good place to work with a true commitment to the wellbeing of our employees.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the National Trust for Scotland, 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 the Trust and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the Investors in Young People framework.”

Peter Russian 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.”

The National Trust for Scotland is an independent conservation charity established in 1931. The Trust has over 330,000 members and cares for such iconic examples of Scotland’s heritage as dual World Heritage Site St Kilda, Bannockburn and Culloden battlefields, Glencoe, Culzean Castle, Fair Isle and Craigievar Castle. The Trust is responsible for 400 islands and islets, 190,000 acres of countryside including 46 Munro mountains, 394 miles of mountain footpaths, 10,000 archaeological sites, 35 major gardens nurturing 13,500 plant varieties, seven national nature reserves, 45 sites of special scientific interest, collections of fine art and more than 100,000 artefacts.

The Trust employs 500 full-time and 1000 seasonal staff of whom 15% fall into the 18-24 age range.

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