The Investors in Young People (IIYP) is an initiative from Investors in People Scotland supported by £1million funding from the Scottish Government.
Chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, Peter Russian, commended Diageo for its commitment to young people and its strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities.
Diageo currently has 67 apprentices in its International Supply Centre and works closely with Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities to provide the opportunity for 12 engineering students to join the business on a paid six-month placement. It currently has 30 graduates on its graduate programme in Scotland with plans to recruit up to 20 more in 2015.
Ewan Andrew, supply director at Diageo International Supply Centre, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award. Diageo is part of a fantastic global industry with many exciting and fulfilling career opportunities, both here in Scotland and around the world.
“Through our apprenticeships, internships, graduate and training schemes we aim to open the door to rewarding careers for young people. It’s also great for our company as we are always looking to employ and develop talented people who can grow and develop our business,” said Andrew.
Diageo recently launched Learning for Life Scotland – a £5m programme providing technical training and work experience to retail and hospitality sectors.
Since its launch in July, IIYP has seen interest from over 100 companies across Scotland. Eight organisations from various sectors have been accredited so far.