Highland Business Award win for work with young people

Inverness-based civil engineering firm Daviot Group has been recognised at the Highland Business Awards for its commitment to developing the young workforce.


The company picked up the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Highland-wide award at the ceremony.


This is a new category in this year’s Highland Business Awards, the fourth time they have been held. The DYW title celebrates Highland businesses that demonstrate a commitment to helping young, local people build meaningful careers.


Designed to enable young people to learn while working in a real-life environment, Daviot Group’s apprentice and trainee programmes encourage young recruits to work towards formal qualifications. All apprentices and trainees are paid in excess of the living wage, further demonstrating Daviot’s commitment to its young employees.


DaviotStewart Nicol, chief executive of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and chair of the judging panel, said: “Daviot Group is employing innovative methods to attract apprentices, for example by recognising the reach and influence of social media.


“They have also demonstrated their awareness of the challenges facing young people, such as when director Paul Adams swapped roles with an apprentice for the week so each could understand the complexities involved in their day-to-day roles.”


He said: “We found Daviot Group’s attitude to young people inspiring – they possess a real commitment to developing their employees, which in turn is embedded into everything they do. This is remarkable for any business, not least one operating in a challenging physical and financial environment.”


Launched earlier this year in partnership with the Scottish Government, the Developing the Young Workforce initiative aims to foster a culture of collaboration between schools, partner agencies, employers, parents and young people to effectively bridge the gap between learning and working.


For more information about DYW and the Youth Employment Strategy, contact programme manager Andy Maxtone at andy@inverness-chamber.co.uk, or visit the website https://www.inverness-chamber.co.uk/developing-the-young-workforce

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