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Investors in People apprentice wins prestigious award

Published 26th September 2014 by Grace Connolly
Scott Irwin named Apprentice of the Year at 2014 LondonlovesExcellence Awards.

A 19-year-old apprentice at Investors in People has been named one of London’s top apprentices at a ceremony which identified some of the capital’s top talent.


Scott Irwin, who left college aged 18 and decided to take an apprenticeship rather than go on to university, has been working for Investors in People for a year while obtaining his PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate (becoming one of the youngest candidates to do so). He also juggled work with studying to achieve the NVQ Level 4 in Business Administration in a record 5 months.

 Scott’s key achievements while working for IIP include bringing the promotional merchandise structure of IIP in-house; leading on the tender process for the IIP call centre; and delivering the opening speech at the VIP Drinks Reception at the 2013 Skills Show in Birmingham.

He received the Apprentice of the Year Award at the LondonlovesExcellence Awards on 23rd September at a ceremony in London attended by leading entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Scott commented: “It’s a real honour to be named Apprentice of the Year. It has always been, and still is my ambition to run my own business in the future and working for IIP has given me valuable experience and knowledge on how to start a small business, while taking the qualifications I need. Working alongside a dedicated team who look to push me in whatever way they can, I am sure I will exceed my goals and run a successful business in the future.”

Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, commented: “Investors in People’s central ethos is that good people make a great business, and so it’s fantastic to be able to demonstrate that this ethos is echoed in our own employees. Scott has achieved a great deal in a very short space of time and is already making a huge impact on IIP.  We identified early on that Scott had lots of drive and ability and it was important that we gave him the opportunity to realise his potential and not place any limitations on what he could achieve. Scott has a very bright future ahead of him.”