Minister unveils fresh funding

More support for Investors in Young People

Peter Russian 2Investors in Young People has secured further government funding to help bridge the skills gap and encourage employers to recruit fresh talent.

IIYP was launched by Investors in People Scotland in 2014 in response to the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.

It has been awarded funding of £200,000 for the current financial year.

The funding has been allocated towards first time assessments and advice workshops which are available to micro (2-24 employees) and SME (25-249 employees) organisations and will help them develop a strategy for young people.

Peter Russian (pictured), chief executive Investors in People Scotland, said: “Recruiting and developing young people is vital in creating a more dynamic and productive workforce.

“Proactively engaging with younger employees can help tackle issues such as an ageing workforce, skills gaps and shortages, talent development, succession planning and customer insight.

“IIYP focuses on three key elements of youth employment – attraction and recruitment, support and development and retention. This funding will enable us to reach and support as many organisations as possible to develop their young workforce and add significant benefits to their business.

Employability and Training Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “The Scottish Government has genuine confidence in the positive role that young people play in supporting economic growth. We firmly believe that they are a crucial part of Scotland’s future prosperity.” 

Since its launch in 2014, IIYP has supported more than 450 companies in employing young people.


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