A leading Scottish construction firm has been presented with a prestigious employment accreditation for its efforts to prepare young people for the world of work.
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham, presented the City Building team with their Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold accreditation during a visit to the company’s award-winning training centre at Queenslie earlier this week.
The gold accreditation is the highest level any company can achieve in the IIYP framework, which aims to support organisations looking to recruit, retain and develop young people.
City Building achieved the certification for its commitment to deliver industry-leading training at its centres Queenslie College, Laurieston Construction Skills Academy and the learning centre at the company’s supported employment facility, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi).
The judges were particularly impressed by the level of coaching and mentoring provided by City Building’s managers helping the apprentices reach their full potential.
Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am very pleased that City Building have signed the Scottish Business Pledge and achieved their gold Investors in Young People Award. These landmarks clearly demonstrate that they are fully committed to both developing their young workforce and promoting a fair an equal workplace.
“They already have a very strong track record on apprenticeships and I am sure both the firm and their trainees will benefit from such dedication.”
City Building chair, Councillor James Adams, said: “We are proud of City Building’s long standing commitment to support and develop the workforce of the future, giving them the skills, experience and determination they need to succeed.
“That our managers have been singled out for the first class training and support they provide to our apprentices is a noteworthy achievement in itself. They go above and beyond what is expected and this demonstrates that the company’s commitment to excellence is embedded throughout our entire workforce.”
Investors in Young People is delivered by Investors in People Scotland Specialists whose expert knowledge, skills and experience have helped a range of organisations across the country attract young talented people to their business.