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Plan to copy IIYP accreditation

Scots advise Romanians on young people award

Romanian delegationRomania is poised to follow Scotland’s example in setting up a workplace scheme recognising employers’ contribution to supporting young people.

A delegation from the Bucharest government visited Investors in People in Scotland to discuss the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation.

IIYP, which was launched with the Scottish Government in July last year, originated through a key recommendation in the Wood Report help alleviate youth unemployment.

It is Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people.

Since its launch more than 170 Scottish businesses have been accredited and Romanian delegates are keen to replicate this in a bid to address the country’s own issues with youth unemployment. Should Romania adopt the Investors in Young People accreditation it would be the first nation, after Scotland, to do so since its creation.

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “IIYP is the first accreditation of its kind, launched to help reduce youth unemployment, while encouraging businesses to invest in the workforce of tomorrow.

“It’s great to see there is interest from others in the world about our innovative award. We’ve learnt a lot from working with our accredited organisations and we’ve supported them to make the right changes to attract and retain young employees. We are keen share our experiences with the Romanian Government with the hope that the practise will be adopted there.”

IIYP works closely with 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.

The framework provides advice, recommendations and best practice regarding the recruitment, employment and training of young workers.

Picture (click to enlarge): delegates from the Romanian Government with Stephen McCluskey (GMG Contractors) Laura Peacock (Investors in People Scotland) and Danny McDonald (Scottish Government)

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