The store is only the sixth organisation in Scotland to achieve this recognition and a plaque to commemorate this achievement was presented by Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, at the organisation’s office in Inverness on Friday.
The Apprentice Store was praised for its sustained emphasis on attraction, recruitment, and retention of young people (including those who face barriers to work) across 2020-2022 and despite Covid-19.
During the pandemic the organisation continued to provide Graduate Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, Foundation Apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience placements.
David Massey, Managing Director of The Apprentice Store said: “Becoming the first IT provider in Scotland to achieve platinum accreditation by Investors in Young People means a great deal to us.
“We have a very clear vision and purpose to create employment opportunities for young people in IT and we will only achieve that by prioritising our young people and creating a culture that meets their needs and sets them up to succeed.
“I am proud that this culture has been recognised.
“Our team spirit and culture are stronger than ever and to have this officially recognised is incredible.”
Launched in 2014, Investors in Young People is a good practice framework, designed to support employers in all sectors, to develop their youth employment practices, to attract, recruit, develop and retain young people.
Accreditation can be achieved across four levels: standard, silver, gold, and platinum.
Bonnie Clarke, Chief Executive of This is Remarkable, the organisation licensed to deliver Investors in Young People said: “I want to personally congratulate The Apprentice Store for achieving the prestigious Investors in Young People Platinum award.
“This is truly a great accolade. This level of recognition is only awarded to the very highest achieving organisations who are genuinely supporting their young people to flourish.
“The Apprentice Store had a myriad of great examples of supporting young people but the standout characteristic for me is the positive culture, demonstrating a natural inclusivity, encouraging people to thrive in a supportive and non-judgemental manner, fostering a strong sense of community, and belonging.”
Fergus Ewing, MSP said: “The Investors in Young People accreditation is a significant achievement and is a result of much hard work.
“Many congratulations to all at The Apprentice Store.”