Axis Well Technology (Axis) has become one of the first organizations in the oil and gas sector to be recognized for its commitment to employing young people.
The organization was presented with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation on 31 March 2015, by Scottish minister for youth and women's employment, Annabelle Ewing.
An initiative from Investors in People Scotland, the IIYP scheme is supported by US$1.4 million (£1 million) funding from the Scottish government. To mark the accreditation, Ewing visited Kettock Lodge, Bridge of Don to meet some of the talented and ambitious young people recruited by Axis and to hear about some of the training and recognition they have received.
The MSP commended Axis for its commitment to young people and its strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities in Scotland’s energy sector. In recent years, Axis Well Technology has heavily invested in establishing opportunities for young people at the organization and this includes work experience placements, graduate placements and various different graduate programs.
“I am delighted that Axis Well Technology has been recognized for its commitment to youth employment. Over the last few years Axis Well Technology has introduced a number of youth employment programs for staff, undergraduates and graduates who want to pursue a career in one of Scotland’s most crucial sectors, oil and gas,” said Ewing. “It is the perfect example of what companies in the energy sector can do. It offers recruitment and training opportunities and engages with the education system to provide good development opportunities for young people so they can plan ahead and develop long term plans and ambitions.”
IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. Offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognizes and supports organizations in the employment of young people.
“Axis Well Technology has excelled with their application and accreditation - we were extremely impressed by their commitment to their young workforce in the oil and gas sector. This is a fantastic achievement for them and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the organization. The Investors in Young People framework not only recognizes and supports organizations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills, fresh eyes and mindsets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents,” said Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People.
"I am extremely proud that Axis has been able to lead the way in positive youth employment practices, by becoming one of the first employers in the oil and gas sector to be awarded the Investors in Young People accreditation,” said Jim Anderson, CEO of Axis. “One of the biggest challenges businesses face is finding the right personnel to help them grow but we, along with IIYP, believe that recruitment and development of young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce. By attaining this accreditation Axis has proven itself to be an organization that wants new ideas, modern viewpoints and energetic minds while committing to the realization of each individual's true potential. We are delighted that this has been recognized by IIYP as it demonstrates our unwavering commitment to young people by providing them with high quality work experience, funded education, and sustainable employment. Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan and I am delighted that our work in this area has been recognized in this way.”