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Investors in People has announced a month-long celebration of their 30th birthday and have invited the SCQF Partnership to celebrate it with them!

The 30th birthday celebrations started on the 1st of November and will run until 30th.

It’s an opportunity for everyone connected to the community interest company (CIC) to promote their purpose over profit statement – make work better.

Founded in 1991, their prestigious accreditations have been awarded to over 55,000 businesses in 66 countries in the past 30 years – with plenty more to come.

Four themes in four weeks

Each week will have a theme, which represents the Investors in People brand, vision and mission:

  1. Appreciation – great work doesn’t happen without great people, so IIP will show how much they value everyone involved with the company.
  2. Nostalgia – who doesn’t love to reminisce about pleasant memories on their birthday?
  3. Relevance – speaking about what makes Investors in People relevant today and why do so many people still value accreditation
  4. Ambition – showing everyone what Investors in People plans for the future and how it benefits them

Opportunities for everyone to get involved

Investors in People want to show their value to the broader community, so there’ll be several key events taking place over the 30 days – with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

They’ll be sharing community stories, presenting thought leadership webinars, releasing exclusives from their CEO Paul Devoy and hosting the distinguished Investors in People Awards 2021 on the 23rd.

Investors in People CEO Paul Devoy enthused:

“My relationship with Investors in People dates back to 1999 when I had led all 17 Scottish Prisons to accreditation. What a journey it’s been. Starting as a government initiative to becoming independent in 2017 has to be a key highlight, but seeing how we’ve grown as a collective, promoting a cause that focuses on the greater good is something that makes our community so special. Here’s to the next 30 years. I can’t wait!”

The SCQF Partnership achieved Silver level accreditation in 2016 and progressed to Gold level late 2019. Successful accreditation against the Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustained success.

The vision of the SCQFP is: To work with our partners and stakeholders to ensure the SCQF is seen both nationally and internationally as a symbol of quality and underpins the development of a robust education and skills system in Scotland that is fit for the 21st century.’ 

Upon receiving the Gold accreditation, Aileen Ponton, CEO of the SCQFP, said: “I was delighted but not surprised that our organisation was recognised as meeting the Gold standard. The whole team contributed to the review of our Investors in People credentials and worked hard to identify ways in which we could improve or enhance our professional service to stakeholders and each other. My thanks go to them for their continued commitment to the success of the SCQF.”


At that time, IiP reps confirmed that the SCQFP’s particular strengths lie within the key areas of Empowering and Involving People, Structuring Work, and Creating Sustainable Success.

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