Angus company receives accreditation for investing in young people

Pictured, from left - Sheila May, Willie MacColl (Investors in People Scotland representative), Craig Irons (Director), Clare Dempster and Jenny Nicoll.

Pictured, from left - Sheila May, Willie MacColl (Investors in People Scotland representative), Craig Irons (Director), Clare Dempster and Jenny Nicoll.

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Family-run business Esk Glazing Ltd has achieved the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation - the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people.

The firm covers Angus, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and North Fife and has three offices based in Montrose, Arbroath and Dundee; it has a staff of 23, which includes three apprentices, as well as retaining its earlier apprentices who are undergoing ongoing training.

The company said the award represents a “true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Esk Glazing Ltd as an employer of choice for young people”.

Launched in July 2014, IIYP originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support organisations across the country in the employment of young people. Having now achieved the accreditation, Esk Glazing Ltd is now eligible to use and display the IIYP logo and plaque.

Craig Irons, director, said: “Investing in our apprenticeship program and work experience allows us to plan for the future for Esk Glazing. Their work ethic, input and maturity certainly put us in good stead for future development and growth.”

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Esk Glazing Ltd, and I and the whole IIYP team wholeheartedly congratulate them. The IIYP 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 Esk Glazing Ltd and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the IIYP framework. 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.”