Grant Property Recognised as Youth Employment Leaders

Scottish Government Employability and Training Minister, Jamie Hepburn MSP, joined senior figures from Grant Property in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday 14 December) to celebrate the company’s Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold accreditation.

Grant Property has become the 350th UK employer to be awarded IIYP status, in recognition of their effective approach to recruiting, retaining and providing opportunities for young people.

Strengthening the current internship programme at Grant Property, which sees new industry talent mentored by the experienced team, this IIYP accreditation will not only help strengthen the current avenues for young people within Grant Property, but also help to develop a wider strategy to support the needs of the organisation itself and young people within it, giving them more varied opportunities in all areas of the business.

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting all of Scotland’s young people towards and into employment. We are transforming young people’s prospects and have taken early action to lead a concerted effort, jointly with local government, to develop Scotland’s young workforce.

“Grant Property have become the 350th employer in Scotland to gain Investors in Young People accreditation. Their Gold IIYP award is thoroughly deserved, recognising Grant Property’s passionate commitment to developing its young workforce and supporting youth employment more generally.”

Launched by Investors in People Scotland (IIPS) in 2014, in response to the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, IIYP is focused on three key elements of youth employment – attraction and recruitment, support and development and retention.

John Moran, Managing Director of Grant Property, comments: “By recruiting school leavers and university graduates through the Saltire Scholar Programme and QA apprenticeships scheme, we have had the opportunity to pass on our knowledge whilst benefitting from their creativity and skills.

“We take pride in fostering the next generation of talent and helping young people to build their careers, a focus evident in our workforce.”

James Stuart, Managing Director at Entrepreneurial Scotland, said: “We are delighted to see Grant Property achieve IIYP Gold accreditation and even more so to note the contribution
the Saltire Scholar Programme has made to this recognition and more broadly to their business.

“Investing in young people is essential to helping Scotland’s businesses thrive and our Saltire Scholar Programme has an excellent track record of finding, fuelling and sparking young talent. For them to flourish after the programme requires visionary companies like Grant Property who recognise their potential and meaningfully invest in it.”

Furthering its commitment to young people in 2017, Grant Property is set to introduce a dedicated ‘Grant Property Internship’ scheme, an exciting new avenue for the company which will see 11 students from across Scotland given the opportunity to further their career goals and gain valuable experience.