Five companies from the north-west featured among 30 organisations from across Northern Ireland today awarded with the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) accreditation.
Pat Kirk Motors and Lifestart in Derry, Holy Cross College in Strabane, Omagh Early Years Centre and MP Kearney all received their awards in a ceremony at Hillsborough Castle this morning.
Investors in People (IIP) is a business improvement tool that helps organisations to improve people performance. The scheme helps organisations develop the knowledge and skills of their people so that what they can do is what the business needs them to do.
Presenting the awards at Hillsborough Castle, Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People UK, said: “It is an honour to be able to present awards to organisations that are achieving fantastic results by really investing in their workforce. Businesses that achieve the Investors in People Standard have proven their commitment to realising the potential of their people, adopting sound people management practices we know contribute to organisational success, and then evidencing this through a rigorous assessment process.”
Tim Devine, Head of Management Development Branch in the Department for Employment and Learning, congratulated those receiving the business award. He said: “I congratulate all the companies here today. IiP is now firmly established as a global mark of good practice in both people and business development. Investors in People specialises in transforming business performance through people.
“The UK Commission for Employment and Skills last year released the latest findings from an employer evaluation on the impact of the IiP framework. Seventy-one percent of businesses reported achieving the business results expected and 23% reported higher than anticipated benefits. Northern Ireland employers also experienced better results on a variety of fronts than their counterparts in the rest of the UK.”
IiP helps organisations of every size, sector and location to compete and succeed through improved people performance. The approach to its delivery has recently changed, becoming more tailored to individual business needs, with no longer a requirement for a paper trail. The framework has also been extended to provide stretch for all businesses, who can now work towards achieving the core Standard or the recently added Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
Mr Devine continued: “Empowering, engaging and managing talent within the workforce is now increasingly crucial, not just to stay ahead, but to maintain competitiveness. IiP has also constantly reacted to today’s rapidly changing environment by developing its services.”
Pauline Hillen, Human Resources Manager at Greiner Packaging Ltd said “The Investors in People programme has been influential in the development and implementation of our current HR strategy. As a result of development needs identified, we are already seeing improvements in the skills of managers and levels of engagement with our people. This is strengthening the business being more proactive and efficient."