The National Piping Centre achieves Investors in Young People Silver Accreditation

IIP-2015-SilverThe National Piping Centre & The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel, a centre of excellence for Bagpiping, Events and Hospitality, has achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People Silver 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 The National Piping Centre as an employer of choice for young people and testament to their effective practices around Youth Employment.

IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation was launch in July 2014, and offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people. In July 2015 the second generation framework was launched offering additional stretch to organisations who go above the standard.

Having now achieved the silver accreditation, The National Piping Centre is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People silver logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, Gemma Cannon, General Manager said, “Almost half of our employees are under the age of 25 so the IIYP accreditation seemed like a natural fit for our business. With the assistance of IIYP we have implemented various changes to the business, which all support the overall business strategy. As a result communication, leadership and teamwork have all improved and we have developed a stronger team.”

Roddy Macleod MBE, Principal said, “We are delighted to receive the IIYP Silver accreditation. We actively encourage our young staff to play a full and active part in the development of the business and as result we have reaped the rewards of investment in their talent.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “This is a fantastic achievement for The National Piping Centre and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The 2nd generation framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but now offers accredited organisations the additional stretch of achieving silver accreditation. 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.”

The National Piping Centre is located in Glasgow’s Theatreland and is a national and international centre of excellence for the great Highland Bagpipe and its music. This unique company includes a school with rehearsal rooms and piping museum as well as a hotel, restaurant and events business. The National Piping Centre employs just over 50 staff and has been established since 1998, when it was opened by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales.

About Investors in Young People

  • Investors in Young People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use tool to assist in the recognition and support in recruitment, training and retention of young people
  • The Investors in Young People framework responds to a need to bring young people into the workplace and the difference in recruitment, support, management and development that young people require
  • In July 2015 the framework was revised and updated to offer organisations additional stretch. The 2nd generation framework includes the addition of silver and gold levels of accreditation
  • For more information on Investors in Young People please visit