Investors In Young People

On track for Investors In Young People: Silver Award

From an early stage, George Nicolson understood the value in developing Young People and so started his first apprentice over 40 years ago. George continued to be involved in a significant amount of work to influence how the industry invested in Young People.

The company have continued this practice throughout the years, so much so it is a key element of our culture. We are proud to have an excellent apprenticeship scheme in place. Furthermore, we enroll apprentices into the Advanced Craft in Year 3, which is not compulsory. The company also have an annual Apprentice of the Year Award which is voted by site management and employees.

In 2016, we were very pleased to achieve Investors In Young People (IIYP) accreditation.  The IIYP Award is a framework of good practice that seeks to recognise and reward employers who have a track record in recruiting and retaining young people. The process also allows employers to benefit from feedback on how they can improve their strategies for managing, developing and supporting the Young People within their organisation.

Furthermore, following our recent annual IIYP assessment with Kate Carmichael of Re:markable, it appears we are on course to receive an IIYP Silver Award, in recognition of the company’s ongoing commitment to Young People.

Re:markable’s services range from tailored consultancy to Investors In People (IIP) and IIYP good practice framework. They have provided us with essential guidance throughout the accreditation process and would recommend them to anyone looking to achieve IIYP accreditation. Visit their website:

We are now in the middle of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018, celebrating the benefits apprenticeships bring to our business, the individuals and the economy itself. Young people are a vital part of our dynamic workforce as they are ambitious, motivated and eager to learn. Get yourself behind Scottish Apprenticeships :