Specialist child and youth care charity Kibble has been awarded the prestigious ‘gold’ status by Investors in People (IIP) for prioritising employees and empowering its workforce – an accreditation achieved by less than one in five companies.

IIP is an internationally recognised body which assesses how an organisation is performing against a framework of three key areas: leading, supporting and improving.

Through IIP’s evaluation, Kibble achieved gold status overall and scored at platinum level for several categories including: living the organisation’s values and behaviours, structuring work, delivering continuous improvement and creating sustainable success, a standard met by only two per cent of the companies assessed.

Jim Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Kibble said: “It is with great pride Kibble accepts the ‘gold’ status for investing in people and investing in young people.

“We do understand that the difference Kibble makes to the lives of children, young people and families is only possible due to our driven and caring staff team and to be recognised for respecting and prioritising our workforce is an honour.

“We will continue to invest in the individuals who dedicate themselves to developing a rewarding career with us. Our aim has always been to ensure each employee has access to the support and resources needed to change the lives of young people who have faced adversity and give them the best chance at life.”

The IIP’s report credited the people working across the charity for being the ‘backbone of Kibble’ and highlighted the organisation’s dedication to health and wellbeing and learning and development.

The news comes as Kibble has also been shortlisted in three categories at The Investors in People Awards for 2023. This includes the award for Learning and Development, Best Apprenticeship Programme and Young Person of the Year, recognising the contribution of younger members of staff.

Winners will be crowned at The Investors in People Awards 2023 on 14 November 2023 at Old Billingsgate in London.

Karen Kerr, Kibble HR Manager, said: “Kibble stays true to its values of respect, ambition and belonging by listening to employees and ensuring their needs are considered within overall business operations.

“The ‘Gold’ status from Investors in People confirms our commitment to our workforce and the fact there is an opportunity to build a long-term career with us. We will match your ambitions by supporting you to complete valuable training and gain further qualifications.”

To find out more about Kibble, visit www.kibble.org.

Headline photo: Kibble HR Manager, Karen Kerr and Learning and Development Manager, Craig Trousdale with the Gold Status Award for Investors in People and Investors in Young People
Photo Credit: Kibble Education & Care Centre

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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