Cashmere and woollens specialist Johnstons of Elgin has been recognised for its commitment to employing and training young people.
The Scottish company was rewarded with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation, a people management award focused on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people. The IIYP scheme is supported by £1m funding from the Scottish Government.
Johnstons of Elgin received the accreditation for its focus on creating employment and training opportunities. In recent years, Johnstons of Elgin has launched a modern apprenticeship programme, in which over 80 apprentices are currently qualified or in training, and created a dedicated training centre at its Hawick mill. In November, Johnstons of Elgin launched a knitwear manufacturing course at its factory as part of an attempt to increase the number of skilled workers entering the industry.
Speaking at the presentation, Angus Robertson MP, the SNP’s Westminster Group Leader, who presented the award, said: “Achieving Investors in Young People accreditation for Johnstons really means marrying the traditional with the modern - the traditional weaving skills that are to be found in their iconic woollen mill, delivered through modern apprenticeships by enthusiastic young people building their career.”
Willie Wood, group HR director at Johnstons of Elgin, said: “Achieving this award demonstrates our unwavering commitment to young people and is a culmination of our proactive and strategic approach to increasing the number of young people in our workforce, providing them with high quality apprenticeship and sustainable employment.
“Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan and I am delighted that our work in this area has been recognised in this way.”