Amy reaps the benefit of Investor In People Award

Published: 19 Jan 2016


Banks O’Dee Sports Club, the Aberdeen based sports and leisure facility, is only the fourth organisation in Scotland to achieve all three awards from Investors in People Scotland (IIPS).

The organisation completed the triple accreditation; the IIP accreditation itself; the Health & Wellbeing Award; and the newly launched Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation in June this year.

One person who recognises the benefit of the triple award, but especially the new Investors in Young People award, is Amy Smith.

Banks O'Dee

Amy, 17, joined Banks O’Dee Sports Club as an administration assistant and receptionist after finishing five years at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Academy.
Since joining the organisation in August 2014, Amy has been a real success story for Banks O’Dee Sports Club, where nine out of the organisation’s 16 contracted staff are under the age of 25.

Amy has since been promoted to the role of senior administrator and is currently undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship through Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. Amy is visited twice a week by an assessor who is helping her to achieve a Level 3 qualification.

She said: “It’s really enjoyable but more importantly, it’s given me a better understanding of the importance of administration in running a successful business.

“I thought being the youngest here would be quite daunting, especially when I was coming into the workplace straight from school, but the organisation is very friendly.
“We all have good, cheery personalities and everyone is encouraged to contribute at our weekly meetings.
“Our managers can’t be everywhere and a lot of us are at the frontline speaking to customers regularly, so we can spot trends or issues before they become problems. And because we’re young, we know what’s up to date and always have fresh ideas about the business.”

Currently 42,000 young Scots (aged 16-24) are not in employment or training which is where IIYP comes in.

IIYP assists organisations in implementing a nationally recognised framework helping them to engage and develop a talent pipeline for the future.
Working across the private, public and third sector, the framework provides advice, recommendations and best practice regarding the recruitment, employment and training of young workers.

Amy recently passed her Exercise
to Music course which Banks
O’Dee Sports Clubs supported her through.

“I had a weekend course down in Edinburgh then an exam a fortnight later, there was a lot of work and studying in those two weeks, but I was delighted to get the phone call last month saying I’d passed,” she added.

The qualification allows Amy to teach circuit classes and is seen as a stepping stone for her to teach Les Mills fitness classes which she’s planning on taking in April next year. But she’s not planning on giving up the administration side of the work.

“I like it and when older members of staff come to me, I feel important.
It’s good to know I’m valued,” she added.

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