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ng homes celebrates Remarkable Investors in Young People Gold Award

Recognition for ng homes’ strategy for young workers. 

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ng homes is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold status. The association was assessed against the wider Advanced Framework, and Investors in People Scotland (now Remarkable) conducted the review over two days in March.

The review assessed how ng homes attracts, recruits, supports, guides, develops and retains young people and this involved the assessor, Alix Malcolm, meeting with a number of young people and managers who have mentored and supported the young people at work.

Alix Malcolm said: “The young people that I met with are great ambassadors who spoke positively about their experiences. The overall feedback I received was very encouraging and insightful, which is further testimony of your [ng homes’] commitment and desire to support young people.”

Tony Sweeney, ng homes Depute Director (Corporate Services) said: “We currently have the Investors in People Gold and Health and Wellbeing Awards, and we have also had Investors in Young People recognition in place since 2016.

“At this time, we felt ready to be assessed against the Advanced Framework, and we are delighted that this has resulted in the IIYP Gold Award.

“I would like to thank our assessor, Alix Malcolm, for carrying out this comprehensive review and for sharing her specialist knowledge, support and guidance along the way. I would also like to thank all of our staff who took part in the review process. It was a very positive experience by all accounts, and the outcomes report identifies many areas of good practice together with some excellent recommendations for continuous improvement.”

ng homes said that highlighted strengths included the organisation’s values being at the heart of its approach to supporting young people and the association’s strong commitment to young people, both externally across its communities and internally around the opportunities it offers. The association added that “other key strengths” identified included its strategy for developing young people which involves qualifications, on-the-job learning and mentoring, and managers who are seen as role models and are committed to developing young people.

John Thorburn, ng homes Chairperson said: “Over the years, we have been actively involved in recruiting and developing young people, many of whom have successfully completed traineeships and gained relevant formal qualifications along the way. We now have several young people employed in various roles across the ng group.

“We applaud the excellent contribution of our young people and are delighted that we have been able to offer them the opportunity to learn and develop.

“This gold accreditation recognises the continued focus and hard work of our Board and staff members in making this happen.”

The IIYP Framework seeks to reward and recognise employers who demonstrate excellence in recruiting and retaining young people, while encouraging others to begin working with young people. High performing organisations are always improving to keep ahead.

The second generation IIYP Framework allows for measurement, benchmarking and progressions towards higher levels of accreditation.

Pictured: Tony Sweeney, Depute Director (Corporate Services); Alan Nicolson, CSO; Lucy Brown, CSO; Connor Hazlett, CSO/Housing Assistant; Danielle Quinn, Housing Officer; and Karen Johnson, Housing Manager (MSF).