INVESTING IN PEOPLE
People are at the heart of everything we do. In a world where businesses are increasingly office-focused, and processes are more becoming automated, we work hard to attract the right individuals into our hands-on apprenticeship programmes. We share skills passed down through generations, while providing training in cutting-edge technology, to allow our highly skilled craftsmen and women to produce the finest quality products.
At Johnstons of Elgin, we have devised our own programme of recruitment, training and personal development, achieving accreditation for our investment in young people and an award for HR excellence in the last year. We endeavour to reach our craftspeople of the future as early as possible. Our Schools Interaction Programme works with primary and secondary school children to help them prepare skills for work and to offer an insight into the diverse career opportunities available within our business.
Fifth and sixth-year secondary school students, from the area surrounding our Elgin mill, visit the site each year, taking part in a tour and deciding which aspects of the business are of most interest. We facilitate an in-depth visit to one department, followed by an opportunity to take part in a mock interview, building confidence and practical skills for future employment. At our Hawick site, we host visits from local high school students and give presentations on skills for being work-ready.
We are also part of the Career Ready Programme, a national programme offering young people experience of work, mentoring and master classes to help in their transition from education to the workplace. We also provide short internship opportunities for local students and support for class projects in subjects such as chemistry, language and marketing and PR. Johnstons of Elgin is an accredited Scottish Qualification Agency Assessment Centre, and more than 100 of our employees have qualified through Modern Apprenticeships.
In 2018, we were awarded the Gold Investors in Young People (IIYP) Good Practice Award, which recognises our commitment to attraction and recruitment of young people, support and development and retention. In 2019, Johnstons of Elgin was named Exemplary Employer of Choice at The cHeRries, an awards ceremony recognising excellence in the fields of HR, training and recruitment throughout Scotland.
Every one of our team members is charged with constantly improving and updating their skills. We believe this is our most important investment, the foundation of our business success and the springboard to our development in the future. We continue to make people our priority, as their hard work and unique skills continue to push our business forward.