West Scotland housing association River Clyde Homes is celebrating its recognition by Investors in Young People (IIYP), which has given the organisation a Silver Accreditation for its commitment to training and development of careers.
With a target of creating 750 new homes over the next five years, River Clyde Homes established its own effective practices around youth employment, and its new award delights the organisation’s chair Albert Henderson MBE, who says: “Our young colleagues, apprentices and trainees are the future of our organisation. They bring passion, ambition and fresh ideas and we want to make sure they have a nurturing and supportive environment to work in. This accreditation shows that we are truly committed to the training and development of young people and demonstrates that River Clyde Homes is an employer of choice both locally and in the wider area.”
Vice chair Jillian Moffat adds: “The construction of new homes not only brings multi-million pound investment to Inverclyde, but will create much needed training and employment opportunities for the community.”
Tasmin Ross, human resources assistant for River Clyde Homes who plays a major role in the training and development schemes, says: “I really enjoy working at River Clyde Homes and I think it’s a great company for young people to work for. It is hard for graduates to find good jobs that will give them the experience they need to move forward in their career. River Clyde Homes has given me the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and has enabled me to expand my skills and experience – all of which will serve me well in the future.”
Peter Russian, chief executive of Remarkable (the home for Investors in Young People in Scotland), remarks: “This is a fantastic achievement for River Clyde Homes and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The second generation framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but now offers accredited organisations the additional stretch of achieving silver accreditation.”