Is my business eligible to apply for Investment in Young People?

Yes, if you work with your local school or college by engaging in a range of activities that help students gain a better understanding of enterprise, the world of work, including career options, as well as assisting them to gain a range of employability skills.

Examples of such activities could be:

  • Providing structured support for Apprenticeship(s)
  • Providing structured work experience
  • Supporting school/college led enterprise activities
  • Attending and supporting local Careers events
  • Supporting local Young Chamber activity
  • Supporting Young Enterprise or a similar activity
  • Supporting school/college led enterprise activities

Employers are free to provide their own examples of how they have engaged with their local school, college or educational establishment.

What is Investment in Young People (IiYP)?

IiYP is a National Award run by Investment in Young People Ltd, a social enterprise that recognises the important work that small to medium businesses carry out in assisting young people aged 5 to 25 gain employability skills and who assist them with the transition from education into the world of work. The Award is granted for a three year period.

There continues to be significant publicity surrounding the issue of young people effectively being prepared for the world of work when they leave education. Whilst many would agree that more can be done to improve this, there is considerable existing effort provided by local employers to help assist young people into employment which, by and large, is not fully recognised.

The IiYP Award has been established to recognise and celebrate the important work that your company has invested to help young people gain employability skills and prepare them for future employment.

IiYP is supported by a wide range of local delivery partners which include Chambers of Commerce and other Education Business Partner Organisations (EBPOs) from across the country.

The IiYP Award has been established to recognise and celebrate the important work that your company has invested to help young people gain employability skills, preparing them for future employment and providing career information that could assist them in making their career choice.

Why you should sign up?

Being recognised as an Investment in Young People company shows your commitment in supporting the development of a Young Persons ’employability skills’ and their understanding of work and support for their future careers and employment.

The Investment in Young People mark can only be used by companies that have been successful in meeting the required standard.

Companies who achieve the IiYP award will be registered on the IiYP website where an up to date list of IiYP accredited companies is available to view. A link from your website careers page will also be added to the Young Chamber’s 5th Matrix jobs and careers portal which can be accessed by over 3,000 schools.

Successfully recognised IiYP companies will be able to use the company IiYP mark on letterheads and their company marketing materials.

Benefits of IiYP to your company will demonstrate to customers and the wider community your company’s commitment to investing in and supporting young people into employment.

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