Kingdom Housing Association is celebrating being the first Housing Association in the UK to achieve the prestigious Investors in Young People (IiYP) Platinum accreditation.
Headquartered in Glenrothes, the Association has become one of only ten organisations in the country to achieve the top level of accreditation for its commitment to the development of young people.
Launched in 2014, Investors in Young People is a good-practice framework designed to support employers in the development of their youth employment practices to attract, recruit, develop and retain young people. Accreditation can be achieved at four levels: standard, silver, gold and the rarely awarded platinum.
Achieving Platinum accreditation follows a sustained focus from Kingdom on providing opportunities for young people as part of their larger strategic goal of being an Employer of Choice.
Kingdom has a successful track record of developing young people including an award-winning trainee programme, a long-standing trades apprenticeship programme, partnering with a variety of further and higher education providers, engaging in several Developing Young Workforce (DYW) activities with local schools, supporting 12 Career Ready mentoring relationships and internships, and creating internal communication structures that give a voice to young people in the workforce.
“I am absolutely thrilled we have achieved Platinum IiYP accreditation. We put a lot of effort into making Kingdom a great place to work for everyone and we recognise the part we can play both as an employer and an organisation in providing opportunities and careers for young people. I am particularly proud of the trainee programme we have operated for over 6 years which has provided a full range of professional career opportunities for young people. The work we have done has only been possible with the commitment and enthusiasm of people across the whole organisation.”Bill Banks, Kingdom Group Chief Executive
“At Kingdom, we work hard to provide great opportunities for young people so it’s fantastic to see that recognised. The young people we employ deserve equal credit though as it’s them who really take advantage of those opportunities. That’s why we have had such high numbers of our trainees going on to positive destinations, most of them staying with us and, in recent years, having two of our former trainees named Apprentice of the Year and another named Young Achiever of the Year in the CIH Scotland awards.”Andrew Latto, HR Director at Kingdom
“I joined Kingdom at 19 as a Trainee Technical Services Officer. In the 5 years since I have completed an HNC in Quantity
“Surveying, had brilliant on-the-job training and support from colleagues, been appointed to a permanent Asset Officer role within the Technical Services Team, undertaken a Graduate Apprenticeship attending Heriot Watt University to complete a Degree in Construction and the Built Environment and, in the last year, have been promoted to Senior Technical Services Officer. I have also been fortunate enough to take on the role of mentoring a student placement from Edinburgh Napier University. Not only have I had a great start to my career, I’m supported to continue my development and have had the opportunity to support another young person with their own learning.”Kirsty Stott, Senior Technical Services Officer
“Congratulations to KHA for their Platinum Accreditation for IIYP. It signifies their long standing and exceptional commitment to investing in young people.”Paul Devoy, IiP Chief Executive
“On behalf of IIP CIC I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Kingdom Housing Association on achieving the prestigious IIYP Platinum accreditation. Kingdom Housing Association are an ambassador for employing young people and are an employer for the sector to be benchmarked against.
What stands out is their passion and commitment from the top down to grow their own and equip their young people to learn, develop, reach their full potential and have a rewarding career in the Housing Sector. Their focus on empowering Young People to lead on projects and have a voice to make a difference in both the association and wider sector challenges is exemplary as are the vast range of programmes to attract Young People, especially opportunities to support Young People who face barriers to work.”IiYP Practitioner Nicola Dillon