Loanhead centre’s work is recognised

Colin Beattie MSP with Alix Malcom IIP and Irene Hogg MBE
Colin Beattie MSP with Alix Malcom IIP and Irene Hogg MBE

Loanhead Childcare Services has ended its 20th anniversary year on a high by being awarded the Investors in Young People Accreditation.

The award recognises Loanhead After School Club’s commitment to the training and development of young people.

LASC Childcare Services is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Irene Hogg MBE, head of establishment, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Investors in Young People award.

“As a childcare organisation we are truly committed in giving our young people opportunities to join our workforce as we believe that they are our future. Through the commitment of our qualified staff, in supporting our young people with training and mentoring, we are able to ensure that we have a workforce to be proud of now and in the future.”

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for LASC Childcare Services, and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them.

“The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice. I envisage that many more organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of LASC Childcare Services and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the Investors in Young People framework.”

He continued: “The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mindsets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”

LASC now runs 14 projects including day care nursery, wrap around care, after-school clubs, holiday club, breakfast clubs, outreach crèche, play therapy service and a transport pick-up service employing 37 staff.