YouthBorders, the third sector networking body for the Scottish Borders, is the first organisation in the Scottish Borders to obtain the top level Gold standard for the prestigious Investors in Young People accreditation and the 12th third sector organisation in Scotland to be given this award high level award.
The award is the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates YouthBorders as an employer of choice for young people and testifies to their effective Youth Employment practices.
Investors in Young People originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. Offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people.
Having now achieved the Gold accreditation, YouthBorders is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People Gold logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.
Commenting on the award, Clare de Bolle said, “I am absolutely thrilled that YouthBorders has been awarded the Investors in Young People GOLD accreditation, the first high level standard in the Scottish Borders.
“Young people are at the core of everything we do and so this award means that we are striving to be as best practice as possible when it comes to working as an organisation (from staff to the Board) and with our 34 members across the Scottish Borders. It comes at an exciting time with the first meeting of our new Youth Forum last week, providing a forum for young people from across this rural area, especially those more disengaged or isolated, to have a voice and highlight key issues. We are very grateful to the team at Remarkable for their support and are committed as an organisation to continue to improve on everything we do so that young people can thrive in the Scottish Borders. ”
Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Remarkable which overseas the Investors in Young People award, said “This is a fantastic achievement for YouthBorders, and I and the whole team at Remarkable 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 am delighted to see that YouthBorders has achieved the Gold level accreditation.
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.”