Investors in People award for Newry schools

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013
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St Brigid’s Primary School (Drumilly) in Newry, which employs 12 people, and St Mark’s High School in Warrenpoint, which employs 99 people, are among 34 Northern Ireland organisations to be awarded the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) accreditation.

Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, congratulated those receiving the business award at a celebration event held in Hillsborough Castle.

The Minister praised recipients, saying, “Today’s event celebrates a diverse range of businesses from the private, public and voluntary sectors reflecting a cross section of NI employers who recognise the business benefits of Investors in People.

“It is an encouraging sign for our local economy that so many organisations, particularly small to medium sized enterprises, continue to work with IiP to make significant business improvements.

“It is clear that regardless of size, sector or location, Investors in People presents all your organisations with the opportunity to improve performance.”

The Minister was speaking to 35 businesses, schools and voluntary organisations with the prestigious 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.

Minister Farry added, “Obviously it is satisfying to receive your accreditation today, but the real cause for celebration is the improvements in the organisations that have achieved IiP status – improvements brought about as a result of hard work and commitment in effectively managing and developing their most important asset: people.

“After all, it is the people we employ that will get us through challenging times.  It is their commitment and skills that will make the difference.”

Investors in People 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.

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.

Four of the 34 accreditations included Edendork Primary School, St Mark’s High School and St Patrick’s High School who achieved Bronze level and Church Road Dental who achieved Silver level.


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