It’s gold for the council with a first in Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council has got 2016 off to a winning start by achieving the Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold Award – the first council in Ayrshire to achieve such an honour.

The award was developed by Investors in People Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The Gold Award for Good Practice recognises the work underway across the council area to create employment opportunities.

It focuses on maximising young people’s potential and helps ensure a bright, positive future.

The council currently employs more than 300 people under 25 years across a wide range of services.

These include modern apprentices, graduate interns, temporary and permanent posts, and newly-qualified teachers.

A project team, chaired by council chief executive Eileen Howat and made up of employees from across the council, worked together to achieve the award and many young employees met with IIYP assessors during their visit.

The team identified work and programmes across all service areas that matched the ten elements of the Investors in Young People framework.

The list of elements include- strategy, attraction and recruitment, developing and leading young people, transition to work, support and guidance, effective learning and development, impact on the organisation’s strategy and on young people as well as continuous improvement.

Chief executive Howat said: “I am very proud we have received the highest standard for Investors in Young People at our very first assessment.

“This is testament to the efforts of everyone involved and will help us meet our ambitious targets in relation to youth employability.

“That includes ensuring at least three-quarters of young people leaving council’s employability programmes go on to positive destinations during 2016/17 and increasing the per centage of school leavers who go on to positive destinations.”

She added: “Our youth employability programmes are all designed to make a real difference in a young person’s life and it’s clear that is being achieved .

“This is a lasting legacy that will benefit our young people, our communities and our economy for years to come.”