'Huge milestone' for award

Centre is 200th to receive IIYP recognition

Loanhead IIYP

An Edinburgh voluntary organisation has become the 200th recipient  of a key accreditation.

Employees at the Loanhead Community Learning Centre were presented with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) award by IIP representative Sophie Dawes.

The centre is an affordable one stop shop for childcare, from ages three months to 16 years, and covers the Loanhead, Roslin, Rosewell and Bilston areas of Midlothian.

The organisation, which was established in 1995, is committed to supporting and developing its young employees and works in partnership with Community Jobs Scotland to offer apprenticeship programmes aimed towards younger members of staff who want to pursue a career in childcare sector.

Investors in Young People commended the company for its commitment to young people and its strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities in Scotland’s education sector.

Peter Russian 2Peter Russian (right), chief executive, Investors in People said: “Over the last few years Loanhead has introduced a number of youth training programmes for young people who want to pursue a career in one of Scotland’s most critical industries.

“It is the perfect example of what companies in the education sector can do. It offers recruitment and training opportunities and engages with the education system to provide good development opportunities for young people so they can plan ahead and develop long term plans.

“This is a huge milestone for IIYP. To award our 200th customer is to acknowledge the significant impact that IIYP has had amongst businesses throughout Scotland since its founding in 2014.”

Irene Hogg, head of establishment, Loanhead Community Learning Centre said: “I am extremely proud that Loanhead Community Learning Centre has been able to lead the way in positive youth employment practices, by becoming the 200th customer to be awarded the Investors in Young People accreditation.

“One of the biggest challenges businesses face is finding the right personnel to help them grow but we, along with IIYP, believe that development of young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce.”

Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing, said: “This is deserved recognition for the organisation’s admirable commitment to recruiting young people and supporting their development.”

IIYP was launched in July 2014, and is supported by £1 million funding from the Scottish Government. The programme is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support organisations across Scotland in the employment of young people.

Photo: Irene Hogg, head of establishment, Loanhead Community Learning Centre; Paige (age 3) and Finn (age 5); and Sophie Dawes of Investors in People.

> Investors in People Scotland has announced the extension of 100% funding until March 2016 for small businesses that sign up to the IIYP accreditation.

Since the accreditation launched in July 2014, over 150 employers employing 250 people or less have already benefited from funding which is available from the Scottish Government.

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