First in their fields

Staff from Cupar-based companies Career Studio and Character Scotland with their Investors in Young People accreditation. (Photo by Rebecca Lee Photography)
Staff from Cupar-based companies Career Studio and Character Scotland with their Investors in Young People accreditation. (Photo by Rebecca Lee Photography)

Two Cupar-based companies have cause to celebrate after both receiving important accreditation recognising their work with young people.

Career Studio and Character Scotland are the first companies in their sectors to receive the accolade.

The organisations, both based in the Granary Business Centre on Coal Road, were awarded Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation. The accreditation is the result of a new initiative from Investors in People Scotland which has been supported by £1 million funding from the Scottish Government.

Character Scotland, formed in 2009, aims to support the cultivation of character and values in Scotland, with a particular focus on children and young people.

The charity’s vision is that every child and young person will flourish as part of an inclusive, compassionate and sustainable society.

Young people have always been at the heart of the charity with four young people under the age of 24 working on its projects.

Gary Walsh, of Character Scotland’s executive team, said: “We are delighted with this award and would like to accept it on behalf of young people everywhere who have a huge amount to offer.

“We hope that other organisations recognise this and will continue to invest in young people.”

Neighbouring business Career Studio’s first ever employee was a school leaver and since then the company has gone on to devise its unique award-winning ‘Enterprise Apprenticeship’.

The scheme currently has 20 young people taking part in an Apprenticeship in Enterprise at companies across Fife as part of Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise initiative.

Ronnie Davidson, Career Studio director, said; “Young people are vital to the success of our business. Their personal and professional development has underpinned our advancement.

“Investing the business’ time and resources in young people has been a rewarding experience and brings fresh challenges and new opportunities every day.”

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, commended the companies for their commitment to young people.