Argyll and the Islands

HIE recognised for commitment to young people

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has become one of the first public sector bodies in Scotland to achieve Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the region’s economic and community development agency, has become one of the first public sector bodies in Scotland to achieve Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation.

IIYP is the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people and accreditation illustrates HIE’s commitment in this respect.

Having achieved the accreditation, HIE is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits. This further demonstrates HIE as an employer of choice for young people.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, congratulated HIE on the accreditation during his recent visit to inverness.

Commenting on the award, Alex Paterson HIE chief executive, said, “As an agency working on social and economic development our focus is firmly on the future. Young people are of course so important in that respect and our young employees make a huge contribution to our work. Their fresh thinking, energy and enthusiasm are infinitely compatible with the knowledge and expertise of our more experienced employees. The culture of investment in young people is shared by everyone in HIE and I am therefore very pleased to receive this award on behalf of the whole organisation.”

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “I’m absolutely delighted to see one of Scotland’s key enterprise organisations engage with, and achieve the Investors in Young People accreditation. I feel it very important that a body primarily concerned with business and economic support such as HIE should recognise the value of IIYP.

“Following the accreditation of HIE, I envisage that many more organisations in the Highlands and Islands region will wish to 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.”

HIE is an economic and community development agency delivering the Scottish Government’s economic strategy across a region which stretches from Shetland to the Argyll and from the Hebrides to Moray.

With around 300 staff based in offices across the region HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises to help them realise their growth aspirations. It works with community groups to strengthen resilience. It works with operators to develop growth commercial sectors, particularly energy, life sciences, food and drink, creative industries, tourism, financial and business services, and universities. The organisation also invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.


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