An employer of choice for young people

Here at Border Safeguard Ltd, in January 2016 we were nationally recognised for our commitment to employing young people. The organisation was presented with the Investors in Young People Good Practise Award, 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 Border Safeguard Ltd as an employer of choice for young people within the Scottish Borders and Northumberland region.

Launched in July 2014, Investors in Young People 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 Scotland in the employment of young people.

Having achieved the accreditation, Border Safeguard Ltd is eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, Alan Wheelans, Operations Director of Border Safeguard Ltd said, "Border Safeguard Ltd is proud to be given the Investors in Young People award. We offer a clear pathway of support which includes various training opportunities and mentoring for our younger employees from within the region and this allows us to offer something back to the local communities we work in. We actively encourage more employers within the region to become accredited and put in place support that builds up young people's skills so that youth development continues to rise in Scotland and in the UK. Young people are the future not in just our own industry but in every walk of life and it is vital that they are given the opportunity to thrive and learn. The IIYP accreditation we have been awarded represents a true commitment to our employees while at the same time we are demonstrating our commitment to our customers by building a solid foundation for good practice both now and in the future."

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said "This is a fantastic achievement for Border Safeguard Ltd, and I and the whole IIYP team 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 envisage that many more organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of Border Safeguard Ltd and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the Investors in Young People framework."

He continued: "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."

About Investors in Young People

  • Investors in Young People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use tool to assist in the recognition and support in recruitment, training and retention of young people
  • The Investors in Young People framework responds to a need to bring young people into the workplace and the difference in recruitment, support, management and development that young people require
  • Accreditation recognises your effective approaches to recruiting, developing and retaining Young People
  • IIYP helps ensure you are harnessing talents and skills of Young People to contribute to organisational success
  • IIYP can help you prepare your talent pipeline to address current and future skills gaps
  • IIYP highlights opportunities for improvements which can be made to workplace practices
  • IIYP support raises your awareness of the support available to employers
  • Using IIYP provides boost in morale to existing staff

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