MG ALBA (The Gaelic Media Service) has become the first Gaelic organisation in Scotland to have achieved the Investors in Young People (IIYP) standard at Silver level and was presented with the award by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages in Stornoway yesterday (Tuesday 20 October).
During his visit Dr Allan met with some of MG ALBA’s young talent who outlined their different roles within the organisation and who reflected on some of the wide and varied opportunities presented to them by MG ALBA as part of its commitment to attracting young people into Gaelic broadcasting and for developing their potential.
Also in attendance were Maggie Cunningham, chair of MG ALBA, and Claire MacLeod, director of the Orbit Agency in Stornoway, which provides Human Resources consultancy services to MG ALBA.
Dr Allan congratulated MG ALBA, saying: “I am delighted to have been able to present MG ALBA with the Investors in Young People award and to have heard first-hand about some of the opportunities for professional and language development offered to young people as they seek to pursue a career in Gaelic broadcasting.
“I congratulate MG ALBA on their commitment to attracting young people into their workforce and on becoming the first Gaelic organisation in Scotland to have achieved the Investors in Young People standard at Silver level.”
Maggie Cunningham said: “Everybody at MG ALBA is delighted to see the organisation being recognised as an Investor in Young People and also that we are the first Gaelic organisation in Scotland to have achieved Silver status – and one of only nine organisations from throughout Scotland to have been accredited at this level.
“MG ALBA has always been committed to attracting young Gaelic-speaking talent into broadcasting and the Investors in Young People award recognises that commitment which includes FilmG, our links with the broadcasting industry throughout Scotland and internationally and also our relationships with organisations such as Skills Development Scotland and UHI.”
Investors in Young People is a quality framework designed to help employers meet their business goals by harnessing the creativity and skills of young people and is managed by Investors in People Scotland.
MG ALBA is also an accredited Investors in People organisation.
Picture caption (left to right): Claire MacLeod, director, Orbit Agency (far left); Ivor Mackenzie, MG ALBA; Lauren Anne MacLean, MG ALBA; Ceitlin Smith, MG ALBA; Dr Alasdair Allan MSP; Mairi Ross, MG ALBA; Maggie Cunningham, chair.
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