New incentive to employ young people

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A new way to recognise employers that take on young people is to be piloted using £35,000 funding from the Scottish Government.

People management specialists Investors in People Scotland are to develop and pilot an award to help employers understand the potential benefits of recruiting young people and provide recognition for those already with a strong youth policy.

The announcement forms part of Make Young People Your Business Week. Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance made the announcement at Standard Life’s Edinburgh offices and said:

“In order to encourage more employers to make young people their business, we need to help them understand the benefits of offering opportunities to younger employees. A new award, delivered through Investors in People Scotland, will help sell the benefits to firms not yet fully aware of how their economic growth could be boosted by the addition of some new talent. It will also ensure those that have already taken steps to build up a young workforce, are properly recognised for doing so.

“We have made significant progress in supporting more young people into jobs in the past eighteen months, through a range of policies taken forward by the Scottish Government and its partners. We need to take employers with us if we are to truly harness the skills and enthusiasm of Scotland’s young people for a prosperous economic future.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investor in People Scotland, added:

“Investors in People has already helped many organisations understand how they can make the most of people’s talents, and extending our expertise and support into the area of recruiting and developing young people is an obvious way in which we can contribute to the economic recovery in Scotland.”