Developing the Young Workforce

The spotlight is on… Investors in Young People Accolade

August 21, 2015 by No Comments

In July 2014 the Investors in Young People (IIYP) framework was launched by Investors in People Scotland. A key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, the framework supports organisations looking to recruit, retain and develop young people, and recognition for those that are already doing this. The framework has been created in consultation with organisations, stakeholders and young people and focusses on three key elements of Youth Employment – Attraction and Recruitment, Support and Development and Retention.

Youth unemployment is far higher than the all age unemployment rate. In terms of the economic landscape, many companies and organisations face challenges such as an ageing workforce, skills gaps and shortages, a need to develop talent for long term succession planning and a need to understand future customer need. Employing and developing young talent can be the solution. Investors in Young People supports organisations from across the private, public and third sectors to assist them in meeting their business objectives by engaging and developing a talent pipeline for the future.

Currently over 170 organisations have been awarded with the IIYP accreditation.

Organisations assessed against the IIYP framework can be awarded Standard, Silver or Gold level accreditation. Whether an organisation gains Standard, Silver or Gold is dependent on how embedded an organisations Youth Employment strategies are. 

Any organisation that wishes to evaluate their Youth Employment strategies, gain an understanding of how Young People can help them meet their organisational goals, or who wish to become an employer of choice for Young People by becoming IIYP accredited should contact the Investors in Young People team on 0131 625 0155 for more details.

More details on IIYP can also be found on the Investors in Young People website at, on our Twitter handle @IIYPScotland, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Read here how the Shaw Trust gained their IIYP award here.



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