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26/08/13 10:05

New incentive to employ young people

Investors in People award will recognise firms making young people their business.

A new way to recognise employers that take on young people is to be piloted using £35,000 funding from the Scottish Government.

People management specialists Investors in People Scotland are to develop and pilot an award to help employers understand the potential benefits of recruiting young people and provide recognition for those already with a strong youth policy.

The announcement forms part of Make Young People Your Business Week. Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance made the announcement at Standard Life’s Edinburgh offices and said:

“In order to encourage more employers to make young people their business, we need to help them understand the benefits of offering opportunities to younger employees. A new award, delivered through Investors in People Scotland, will help sell the benefits to firms not yet fully aware of how their economic growth could be boosted by the addition of some new talent. It will also ensure those that have already taken steps to build up a young workforce, are properly recognised for doing so.

“We have made significant progress in supporting more young people into jobs in the past eighteen months, through a range of policies taken forward by the Scottish Government and its partners. We need to take employers with us if we are to truly harness the skills and enthusiasm of Scotland’s young people for a prosperous economic future.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investor in People Scotland, said:

“Investors in People has already helped many organisations understand how they can make the most of people’s talents, and extending our expertise and support into the area of recruiting and developing young people is an obvious way in which we can contribute to the economic recovery in Scotland.”

Sandy Begbie, Group Operations Officer, Standard Life also said:

“Standard Life is passionate about young people being given a chance to develop their potential and we were one of the first companies to sign up to Edinburgh Council’s Edinburgh Guarantee initiative. We have built on that by creating our own school leaver intern programme which has become much wider than just providing young people with a work experience opportunity. The interns benefit from a structured development plan and working in real roles which carry responsibility. The programme not only develops skills it builds the interns’ confidence in the working world, which is incredibly important.

“Our business and our people have also benefited. The positivity, creativity and perspective the young people bring is so important and we've unearthed some real stars. It is fast becoming a part of our talent pipeline and of the last wave of young people who joined us, the vast majority have stayed on in permanent roles or extended contracts, or have decided to head to university. They are real assets to our business.

“We are supportive of any initiative that gives employers the confidence to work with young people. We've experienced first-hand the benefits of employing young people and would encourage other businesses to do the same.”

Notes to editors

Make Young People Your Business Week consists of a series of events and announcements aimed at raising awareness amongst employers of the economic value of taking on a young person. Interested employers can follow the Twitter account @MYPYB and the hashtag #newtalent will be used throughout the week.

Skills Development Scotland’s www.ourskillsforce.co.uk provides information to employers on the skills support available from the public sector in Scotland. The Make Young People Your Business area of the site – www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/recruit/make-young-people-your-business - brings together online advice to help employers recruit and develop young people.

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