“75% of employers surveyed said that Investors in Young People (IIYP) helped them recruit and retain young people”
Recruiting and developing young people is a great way to develop a more dynamic and productive workforce and can help tackle issues such as an ageing workforce, skills gaps and shortages, talent development, succession planning and customer insight.
Investors in Young People (IIYP) is designed to help organisations meet their business objectives by harnessing the creativity and skills of young people.
Investors in Young People Accreditation is a good practice framework that supports organisations looking to recruit, retain and develop young people, and offers recognition for those that are already doing this. It focuses on three key elements of Youth Employment:
- Attraction and Recruitment
- Support and Development
We visited Wallace McDowall Ltd in Monkton who have recently achieved the Investors in Young People Accreditation to hear about their journey and the impact the accreditation has made on the organisation.
Wallace McDowall was established in April 1969 as a metal fabricator and have grown into one of the UK’s leading sub-contract engineering companies. They offer services such as Laser Cutting, CNC Punching, Forming, Machining, Welding and Finishing.
On our visit to the organisation we interviewed Engineering Director, Derek Johnstone who started off life at Wallace McDowall as an apprentice sheet metal worker and has been working with the company ever since. During our interview with Derek he gave us a real insight into the benefits IIYP has brought to the organisation. Derek explained that they used the IIYP assessment to give them feedback into the mind set of young people and how they used that to get communication from them and channelling good communication back to them.
25% of the organisation’s workforce is made up of people under the age of 25 which they provide with job skills and develop them for progression into supervisory and managerial positions. Wallace McDowall recruit 10 apprentices every year and say that the benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. Young people bring new and increased skills, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations together with enthusiasm and unique talents.
During our visit we also caught up with 19 year old Matthew Robson, who is an apprentice Technical Programmer at Wallace McDowall. Matthew attended St Matthews Academy and left school after 4th year to study Computer – Aided Design (CAD) at Ayrshire College. During his time at college he applied for an apprenticeship with Wallace McDowall and has been working with the organisation for 2 years. Matthew enjoys the challenging work that comes across his desk each day and his main job role involves getting drawings from customers and drawing them up so that the parts can be produced. His involvement in the Investors in Young People assessment has made him realise how much young people are important to Wallace McDowall.
To watch our full interview with Derek and Matthew see the video below.