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Johnston Carmichael recognised for backing young recruits

Iain AbernethyJohnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, has been rewarded for its investment in young people.

The firm is among the first to receive the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation since it  was launched last year following a recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood.

The award acknowledges Johnston Carmichael’s on-going commitment to attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining professionals under the age of 28, which amounts to a third of the firm’s current workforce.

It supports students following the completion of a wide range of professional and vocational qualifications. It has resulted in outstanding exam pass rates recorded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, including first time pass rates of 98% in the last six months.

Iain Abernethy, career development director at Johnston Carmichael, said: “Achieving the highly sought-after Investors in Young People Accreditation recognises our team’s consistently strong efforts to support new talent entering the industry, who will undoubtedly be the driving force behind our future business growth.

“The line managers across our 11 regional offices play a significant role in supporting and developing our young people. By offering bespoke training and mentoring schemes early in the student or graduate’s career, we can determine their strengths and tailor their role to suit.

“This approach has allowed us to offer our young people some great opportunities for skills and professional development, ensuring their role is varied and allowing them to grow with the firm.”

Each year, Johnston Carmichael partners with universities across Scotland to offer students work placements with the firm.  As part of its PKF membership, the firm also provides secondment opportunities to recently qualified students internationally.

Mr Abernethy said: “We are looking forward to welcoming another group of 58 young people in June to begin their careers with the firm. Combining our experienced mentors and industry-recognised training programmes, I am confident that we will be able to shape the industry’s next rising stars. The firm as a whole is delighted that we have achieved this accreditation and we are looking forward to building on this success in the future.”

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

He 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.”

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