Now is the time to invest in your people’s skills - Empey

NEWS RELEASE: INVESTORS IN PEOPLE CELEBRATION EVENT 25 NOVEMBER 2009

 

 

Now is the time to invest in your people’s skills - Empey

 

Employment Minister, Sir Reg Empey, today urged businesses that now is the time to invest in the skills of their employees.

 

The Minister was speaking to 41 businesses, schools and voluntary organisations with the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) accreditation.  IiP has long been acknowledged as the most successful framework for business improvement through people.  It helps organisations of every size, sector and location to compete and succeed through improved people performance.

 

At the Hillsborough Castle celebration event, Sir Reg said: “Now is the time to invest in people.  Experience has shown that companies that invest in the development of their people during times of economic downturn are in the strongest position to gain competitive advantage in recovery.  It is those companies that have that all important edge.  In fact, research shows that companies that invest in the skills of their staff are two and half times more likely to survive.”

 

Sir Reg congratulated those receiving awards and added:  “In a rapidly changing economy it is often easy to forget that businesses realise their ambitions through their people. The importance of local businesses investing in their people is now more relevant than ever, given the downturn we now find ourselves in. The uptake of IiP by businesses in Northern Ireland is extremely encouraging for the local economy, and should serve as an example of the bottom-line business benefits of IiP to all other employers.

 

He also assured organisations that as the business environment changes the delivery of IiP has also changed in response to current challenges: “The IiP assessment process is now even more closely aligned with organisations’ individual business issues and priorities.  As part of recent developments, organisations are also now encouraged to stretch themselves even further by looking at the themes and issues contained in the full Investors in People framework and achieve recognition at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.”

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. Investors in People (IIP) is a business improvement tool that helps organisations to compete and succeed through improved people performance.  The framework is designed to help organisations develop the knowledge and skills of their people so that what they can do is what the business needs them to do.
  2. Over 1,500 small, medium and large organisations from all sectors and sizes of business in Northern Ireland are currently using Investors in People to transform their businesses.
  3. The organisations receiving accreditation as Investors in People during this special ceremony were:

 

Ashton Community Trust Training and Employment Services BELFAST
Asidua
BELFAST
Brook Northern Ireland
BELFAST
Bryan Hynds Services
PORTADOWN
Careforce Group PLC (Lisburn)
LISBURN
Carniny Primary School
BALLYMENA
Causeway Dental
BALLYMONEY
CM Works
BELFAST
Depaul Ireland (NI)
BELFAST
Dromore Dental
DROMORE
EG Information Consulting Ltd
BELFAST
First Steps Women's Centre
DUNGANNON
Fonacab Ltd
BELFAST
Holy Trinity Centre
BELFAST
Kerry - Convenience Northern Ireland Sales Team
PORTADOWN
Kilrea, Rasharkin & Dunloy Credit Union Ltd
KILREA
Legal-Island
ANTRIM
Mercy Care - St Macartan's Nursing & Residential Home CLOGHER
MindWise
BELFAST
Moira Dental Care
MOIRA
Mulholland Aftercare Services
BELFAST
Next Level Impact
BELFAST
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
BELFAST
Opus Homecare
BELFAST
Police Service of Northern Ireland - F District
OMAGH
Rainbow Child and Family Centre
LONDONDERRY
South Ulster Housing Association
PORTADOWN
Specsavers
NEWRY
St John The Baptist Nursery School
PORTADOWN
St John's Primary School
SWATRAGH
St Joseph & St James's Primary School
NEWRY
St Joseph's Home
WARRENPOINT
St Patrick's Primary School and Nursery Unit for Northern Ireland BALLYMENA
St Paul's College
KILREA
Staff Nursing Ltd
LARNE
The Bytes Project
BELFAST
The Livestock & Meat Commission
LISBURN
The streat @ the Odyssey
BELFAST
The streat Franchising Ltd
HOLYWOOD
TinyLife
CARRYDUFF
VOYPIC Voice of Young People in Care
BELFAST

 

  1. Photographs from the presentation ceremony are available on request from the Department for Employment and Learning Press Office.

 

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