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Skills Development Scotland’s commitment to young talent has been recognised with a national award.

SDS Chair John F. McClelland CBE accepted Re:markable’s Gold Level Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation from Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Re:markable.

The award came as colleagues from across Scotland joined the first meeting of the new SDS Youth Board, which will help shape the organisation’s services.

The Youth Board and IIYP gold award demonstrate SDS’s strong commitment to harnessing the talent of young people.

Investing in Young People

John said: “Everyone at SDS plays a vital role in supporting and enabling our young workforce. I want to thank all colleagues for helping us to achieve this award.  

“Our young people are the future of SDS. They provide a fresh perspective and embody our commitment to equality and diversity. 

The Youth Board will ensure that young peoples’ views remain integral to decision-making at SDS.

“Our wealth of young talent enables us to continue to be innovative, creative and continuously improve on the way we deliver our services.”

Chair of the Youth Board, Courtney Hendry, said: “The Year of Young People is a fantastic time to create the Youth Board.

“Our first meeting was an excellent starting point and we’re looking forward to the opportunities that the Youth Board will bring and what we can achieve for our customers and our colleagues."

“Truly inspirational”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Re:markable, said: “Congratulations to Skills Development Scotland on their Investors in Young People Gold award, which is a very fitting achievement before the retirement of their Chair, John McClelland.

“John’s leadership, alongside the dedication and commitment of their team, has been hugely instrumental in championing the development of their young workforce.

“It’s great to see Skills Development Scotland continue to enhance their youth employment activity.

“This includes their Young Talent Programme which is designed to successfully support their young employees’ transition from education to work; alongside the appointment of their Youth Board which enables their young people to further influence and support the direction of the organisation. Truly inspirational."

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