The Department for Employment and Learning and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) today announced arrangements for the delivery of Investors in People (IiP) in Northern Ireland will change. From April 1st 2015, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) will manage the local delivery of Investors in People.
Speaking at an IiP Awards ceremony today at Belfast Castle, Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said "Investors in People is the mark of a company that understands the contribution that its people make towards its overall success. People’s strengths, people’s ambitions and people’s ideas are the engine of success. IiP accreditation signals to customers and employees your commitment to good business and people management excellence.”
“Investors in People has been an important tool for the development of many organisations across Northern Ireland. I would encourage all businesses to continue to incorporate Investors in People into business practices under these revised arrangements’.
As current owners of the Investors in People trademark, the move to UKCES will ensure that employers can continue to achieve accreditation and that the reputation of the Standard continues to be upheld.
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People at UKCES, says: "We are delighted to be taking on the management of Investors in People in Northern Ireland. The 700 accredited organisations in Northern Ireland form a key part of the wider IIP global community. We look forward to working with partners to uphold the integrity of the Standard as we introduce the sixth generation in 2015."
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
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About Investors in People
Investors in People makes people management excellence count. They exist to help businesses realise the potential of their people, improve standards and gain the accreditation to prove it.
Through the respected Standard, business insight and the IIP bank of tools and resources, organisations of all shapes and sizes can put their people first – and discover a brighter business future.
Over the last 20 years, IIP has helped more than 100,000 businesses around the world improve, using their Accreditation Framework to boost working culture, increase employee engagement and encourage game-changing leadership.
Investors in People is owned and managed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.co.uk
About the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
To promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy.
- To promote economic, social and personal development through high quality learning, research and skills training; and
- To help people into employment and promote good employment practices.
The Department’s two main customer groups are:
- Individuals who are seeking to improve their levels of skills and qualifications or who require support and guidance to progress towards employment, including self-employment; and
- Businesses in both the public and private sectors.
Our four key areas of activity
- Enhancing the provision of learning and skills, including entrepreneurship, enterprise, management and leadership.
- Increasing the level of research and development, creativity and innovation in the Northern Ireland economy;
- Helping individuals to acquire jobs, including self employment, and improving the linkages between employment programmes and skills development;
- The development and maintenance of the framework of employment rights and responsibilities.
The values of equity, efficiency and effectiveness underpin the Department’s delivery of the commitments in its corporate plan. The Department will focus on its key priorities, will seek to provide a first class service to its customers in an impartial way, will strive to improve continually as an organisation and will motivate, develop and value its staff.
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