Award Success for Minerva

Minerva People an award winning training and recruitment company based in Dumfries has achieved the Investors in Young People Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Minerva People as an employer and training provider of choice for young people.  With it being Modern Apprenticeship next week who better to come and seek advice and guidance on how to commence or develop your career.

Launched in July 2014, Investors in Young People originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support organisations across Scotland in the employment of young people.

Having now achieved the accreditation, Minerva People is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, Tricia Hunter, Managing Director said, the whole team at Minerva People are absolutely delighted to have achieved this accolade, only the second organisation in Dumfries and Galloway.  It has been an opportunity for us to reflect exactly how we try to inspire, develop, motivate and nurture all people and organisations (part of our mission statement) and in particular young people.  The external assessment has allowed us to be assessed and obtain independent, external feedback at what we do and how well we actually do it.  We often hear that young people are our future but actually young people are now and we will continue to work closely with them to ensure they achieve their best whatever that might be.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Minerva People and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice.  I envisage that many more organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of Minerva People and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the Investors in Young People framework.”  

He continued: “The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”

Minerva People Limited is an awarding winning, independent training and recruitment company with its head office in Dumfries and expanded last year to Carlisle, Cumbria with its Pitman Training Services.  The company now employs 17 staff and a number of freelance people.

It commenced as Minerva Training in 1999 with 2 people and a handful of modern apprentices but in 2005 expanded and became a limited company – Minerva People Ltd.  It is currently working with over 130 Modern Apprentices employed in businesses across Dumfries and Galloway region and further afield in Administration, Childcare, Hospitality and Management.  It provides a variety of training working with a further 160+ candidates learning many new skills such as IT, Finance, webdesign undertaking modules or diplomas through Pitman Training as well as various Management and Leadership courses, Customer Service, Certificate of Work Readiness, Paediatric First, Scottish Personal Licence Holder to name just a few.

Its recruitment agency continues to grow both in the temporary assignments and placing people in permanent job within many sectors and offers support to people with regard to upskilling, applying for jobs, CV writing and interview skills as well as supporting businesses with their job descriptions and person specifications.