Harper Macleod is delighted to be accredited by both Investors in People and Investors in Young People. Last year we were awarded the 'Gold' Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation. That was followed by the firm's re-accreditation as Silver Investors in People (IIP).
The Gold IIYP was the first time that the firm had been assessed for the framework, which rewards and recognise employers who demonstrate excellence in recruiting, developing and retaining Young People.
We were delighted to be awarded the highest level 'Gold' in recognition of our Modern Apprenticeship programme, our work with schools and education providers, our summer placement and work experience programmes and the examples of young people who have progressed in the firm.
Meanwhile, the main Investors in People framework recognises organisations that lead, support and develop their workforce effectively. We have been recognised as an Investor In People since 1998 and moved up to 'Silver' level in 2019. The re-accreditation took place during the pandemic and despite the many challenges last year brought, we are delighted to have maintained our Silver level accreditation.
Perhaps the best testament to the firm's commitment to our people came from the quotes contained in the feedback reports, some of which you can see below:
"Hearing from young people and leaders about the opportunities you have provided was ‘Inspirational."
"It is clear that you are committed to creating opportunities that will help young people improve their lives and to reach their full potential."
"I am delighted to say that the young people I met are fantastic ambassadors of HM this is testimony to the platform you have built for young people to develop work and life skills."
"Being a dynamic and entrepreneurial firm, you continue to believe that inclusive people management, relationships, innovation, and effective leadership are key to continued success."
"Despite the pressures of the pandemic, people can see the passion of leaders to ensure survival which helps to foster trust and confidence in the leadership team."
"The transition to home working is viewed as really successful."
"Encouragingly, some newer colleagues said they feel they have more empowerment than in previous employments and love the culture."