Carrick small business could benefit by investing in young people

Small Businesses in Carrick could benefit from extra funding approved for Investors in Young People.

The organisation behind Investors in Young People (IIYP), 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.

IIYP is the country’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people. IIYP accreditation brings many benefits including advice, recommendations and best practice regarding the recruitment, employment and training of young workers.

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, commented: “We whole heartedly welcome the extension to the funding available for IIYP. We’ve had such positive feedback from organisations that have been through the accreditation, with many finding that the process helped with staff retention and marking them out as an employer of choice for young people. Now that the 100% funding has been extended by the Scottish Government, we hope this will encourage many more employers to be IIYP accredited so they too can benefit from what IIYP has to offer them.”

“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, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents. With the extension of funding for IIYP, we aim to support more small Scottish businesses recruit and develop young people, in order to ensure we build a dynamic and productive workforce across the country.”

IIYP originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. For more details on the funding extension please call 0131 625 0155 or visit