Apprentice Store becomes the first IT provider in Scotland to be platinum accredited by Investors in Young People
INVERNESS-based IT and social services provider The Apprentice Store has become the first IT provider in Scotland to achieve Platinum Accreditation by Investors in Young People (IIYP) and only sixth Scottish organization to achieve this recognition.
Fergus Ewing, MSP of Inverness and Nairn, today unveiled a plaque to commemorate this achievement at the organization’s office in Inverness.
Launched in 2014, Investors in Young People is a good practice framework, designed to support employers in all sectors, to develop their youth work practices to attract, hire, develop and retain young people. Accreditation can be achieved at four levels: standard, silver, gold and platinum.
Accreditation follows an inspection that was conducted earlier this year and is based on the gold level awarded in 2019. The Apprentice Store was praised for its sustained emphasis on attraction; contracting; and detention of young people (including those facing barriers to work) during the period 2020-2022 and despite COVID-19. During the pandemic, the organization continued to offer graduate apprentices; Modern Apprentices; Foundation Apprentices; internships and work placements.
The culture of The Apprentice Store also stood out as a differentiator, described as “inclusive; encouraging; solidarity; and without judging ”.
Speaking of platinum accreditation, David Massey, CEO of The Apprentice Store, said: “Becoming the first IT provider in Scotland to get platinum accreditation from Investors in Young People means a lot. We have a very clear vision and purpose for creating job opportunities for young people in IT and we will only achieve this by prioritizing our young people and creating a culture that meets their needs and prepares them for success. The last two years have been a challenge for everyone and we have had to rethink and adapt our way of working. Our team spirit and culture are stronger than ever and this is officially recognized. It’s incredible”.
Fergus Ewing, MSP, added: “Investing in Young People is an important achievement as a result of hard work. Congratulations to everyone at The Apprentice Store.”
Bonnie Clarke, executive director of This is Remarkable, the organization licensed to offer Investors in Young People, commented: “I would like to personally congratulate The Apprentice Store on winning the prestigious Investors In Young People Platinum Award. This level of recognition is only given to the best performing organizations that are really supporting their youth to thrive.The Apprentice Store had a myriad of great examples of youth support, but the highlight for me is “positive culture, which shows natural inclusion; encouraging people to thrive in solidarity and without judgment, fostering a strong sense of community and belonging. Congratulations and good luck to the whole team for this great success.”
The Apprentice Store, which now has 12 employees, offers web development, cybersecurity, computer support, and computer consulting. The organization works with companies of all sizes and sectors in the public, private and third sector and is the only Scottish IT service provider to invest all profits in staff.