Caithness Chamber of Commerce achieves Investors in Young People Silver Accreditation
Published 22 Mar 2016Caithness Chamber of Commerce, the foremost business organisation in the North Highlands, has achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People Silver 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 Caithness Chamber of Commerce as an employer of choice for young people and testament to their effective practices around Youth Employment.
IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. Offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people.
Having now achieved the silver accreditation, Caithness Chamber of Commerce is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People silver logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.
Commenting on the award, Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said:
“I am delighted that the Chamber has achieved this prestigious accreditation, recognising our ongoing commitment to the development of young people both within our own organisation and in the wider business community.
“The Chamber is taking a lead role in the delivery of the Developing the Young Workforce initiative in Caithness and Sutherland, and this award demonstrates our commitment to the young workforce in the region by engaging in best practice and ongoing development in our work with young people in our own organisation.”
Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “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.
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.”
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is based in Thurso, and was first established in the late 1970s by a group of local entrepreneurs. In 2008, a new company limited by guarantee was formed and, with initial funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise of £150,000, the Caithness Chamber of Commerce was relaunched with a full time Chief Executive and a new structure.
Since then, the Chamber has gone from strength to strength, becoming the foremost business networking organisation in the North Highlands, with over 180 members across all sectors. In addition to its membership activity, the Chamber also delivers projects and initiatives to benefit the area, including Make the Right Connections, a £1.7m skills development programme aimed at helping local people benefit from new job opportunities, and the Developing the Young Workforce initiative, which will provide a new way of examining and resolving the issues of skills gaps and youth unemployment in Caithness and Sutherland.