Investors in Young People (IIYP) is designed to help organisations meet their objectives through harnessing the creative and skills of young people.
Since its launch in 2014, IIYP has supported over 450 companies in employing young people. In a recent survey by IIYP*, 93% of respondents reported a positive or very positive impact in using IIYP. It was also found that 96% of respondents felt IIYP accreditation recognised them as an employer who is effective in their approach to recruiting, retaining and developing young people.
*The IIYP Impact and Evaluation Report, carried out by the University of Glasgow, analysed the impact and value of IIYP through capturing the views of accredited employers on their IIYP experience, and the impact and value of it on their organisation. 125 IIYP accredited employers undertook the survey.
Barr Environmental began working with IIYP in 2015 and since then has implemented apprenticeship and graduate programmes, work placements and created STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassadors to educate children on pursuing a career in the industry.
“The IIYP framework has provided us with excellent support to evolve our youth employment strategy and implement a clear development plan for young team members.
It reinforced the need for us to continue to invest in training and development for our young people and for the entire organisation.”
Gavin Money, Commercial Director, Barr Environmental
McGill’s achieved IIYP accreditation in 2015 and continues to use the framework to grow and develop its young people.
“We see young people as the future and we need them coming in to the business with fresh ideas and enthusiasm that will help it grow and develop. IIYP is the perfect platform to enable us to do that.
IIYP has given us added confidence that what we are doing is right, as well as helping equip us with the tools to make changes. The framework provides us with a stepping stone to support our efforts for continuously reviewing and improving our business”.
Ralph Roberts, Managing Director, McGills
Investors in Young People supported Standard Life to assess and improve on their youth employment initiatives. They now use the IIYP framework to support international growth.
“We saw real practical value in Investors in Young People; it provided an impartial lens for us to assess and improve on our youth employment practices. Our IIYP Specialist listened and observed how we work. The tangible benefits were clear and it made people feel incredibly proud of what we were doing.”
Mark Smith, Head of Early Careers Strategy, Standard Life
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