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iCafe awarded Gold for their commitment to Young People

iCafe is the first coffee house brand in Scotland to be recognised for its commitment to the training and development of young people. The prestigious Investors in Young People Gold accreditation, demonstrates our effort to be an employer of choice for Scottish youth enabling them to realise their true potential and help ensure they have a bright positive future in the growing hospitality sector.

Developed in partnership with the Scottish Government and as part of the internationally recognised Investors in People standard, the IIYP Gold Award for Good Practice testifies to effective iCafe youth employment practices. The program identifies performance across multiple elements of the Investors in Young People framework:

Strategy Attraction and Recruitment Developing Young People Leading Young People Transition to Work Support and Guidance Effective Learning and Development Impact on the Organisation's Strategy Impact on Young People and Continuous Improvement

Founded in 2005, iCafe currently employs over 70% of the current workforce - aged 16 to 25 with over a hundred in the past decade. Commenting on the award, Umer Ashraf, Managing Director of iCafe said, "We are extremely proud to have received the highest standard for Investors in Young People. Our modern apprentice programmes for apprentices, undergraduates and graduates bring passion, ambition and fresh ideas to the exciting coffee industry. Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan and developing our talented young leaders will benefit local communities and economy for years to come."

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said "This is a fantastic achievement for iCafe, and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. I am delighted to see that iCafe has achieved the Gold level accreditation."

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