ng homes celebrates Investors in Young People Gold Award



ng homes has been awarded Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold status.

Investors in People Scotland (now Remarkable) assessed the Association against the wider Advanced Framework over two days during March.

(from left) Tony Sweeney, depute director (corporate services), Alan Nicolson, CSO, Lucy Brown, CSO, Connor Hazlett, CSO/housing assistant, Danielle Quinn, housing officer, Karen Johnson, housing manager

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

Alix was very impressed by the organisation and spoke very highly of all the people that she met, saying: “The young people that I met with are great ambassadors who spoke positively about their experiences with you. The overall feedback I received was very encouraging and insightful which is further testimony of your 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 & 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.”

Strengths highlighted include 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.

Other key strengths identified were its clear strategy for developing young people which includes; qualifications, on-the-job learning and mentoring, and managers who are seen as role models who 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. Each level detailed below clearly describes how well the practices are applied within an organisation.

  • Stage 1 Understood:The appropriate principles and practices are in place and communicated. Young people and Leaders know what is expected of them.
  • Stage 2 Embedded:Young people and Leaders are actively engaged in ensuring the appropriateness and consistency of the principles and practices.
  • Stage 3 Lived: Young people and Leaders actively drive positive outcomes, taking ownership of the principles and practices.


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