Robertson sets gold standard in developing young people

Young Robertson employees at the Macallan Distillery

ROBERTSON has been awarded Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold status in acknowledgement of the firm’s commitment to the learning and development of young people.

The business already has Investors in People (IIP) Gold, meaning it is one of only 26 firms in Scotland to achieve both IIP and IIYP Gold accreditation.

The IIYP assessor praised Robertson for its ability to “make it happen” for young people, as well as describing how young people “feel they have a voice in the organisation and are encouraged to share thoughts and ideas”.

Derek Shewan, CEO of Robertson said, “We are extremely proud of achieving the highest possible Investors in Young People standard, representing the feedback from employees across every area of the business. It’s a hugely positive, poignant outcome within an industry all too often making headlines for its growing skills gap. The award recognises our efforts towards addressing these challenges by constantly searching for new ways to engage with young people, promote the diverse career paths available and then retain our employees by providing the best possible working environment.

“This is a significant achievement for both the organisation itself and for all the individual employees who contribute to making Robertson stand out from the crowd.”

Robertson’s Young People Strategy aims to develop employees aged 16-28 through educational partnerships, Emerging Talent programmes and professional development schemes.

Peter Russian, chief executive of Remarkable, the home for Investors in Young People added, “Huge congratulations to Robertson Group on its very well-deserved Investors in Young People Gold award. From buddy schemes for new starts which support their transition from education to work to a host of training and development opportunities and high-profile award ceremonies, Robertson has a very comprehensive and truly inspirational approach to working with young people.

“Back in 2015, they received one of the first Investors in Young People awards so it’s terrific to see them continue to enhance their work and evidence their commitment to young people.”