Accreditation for Investors in Young People award

30 June 2016

We are delighted to announce that Bernard Matthews have been awarded the Investment in Young People (IiYP) accreditation by the Chamber of Commerce. This award recognises our commitment to work with local schools and also specialist Agricultural colleges, such as Reepham High School, Easton & Otley College and Harper Adams University. Work put forward for the accreditation included mentoring, scholarship programmes, work experience, career days and also apprenticeships we run in the business.

The award was presented on 28 June by Chamber President, Jonathan Cage, and Chief Executive, Caroline Williams, at the Hall, and we were proud to also be told that we are the first manufacturer in the East of England to receive this prestigious national award. Those that were part of the accreditation process include Andrew Sherwood HR Director, Lorna Cousins Marketing Communication’s Controller, Michelle Gill HR Manager and Bryan Hurst Training Manager, all playing a part in presenting BM projects undertaken with young people to the Chamber of Commerce.

We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the highly sought-after Investment in Young People Accreditation. It not only recognises our team’s consistently strong efforts and enthusiasm in supporting the initiatives we run with young people, but also demonstrates the importance and passion we place as a business, on harnessing the creativity and skills of young people.

Caroline Williams, Chief Executive of Norfolk Chamber, commented: “Businesses can do a great deal to inspire young people. It is important that those who do so are recognised by young people as employers of choice. Bernard Matthews has shown that they are passionate about developing strong long-term partnerships with local educational establishments, such as Reepham High School. The importance they place on dedicating staff time and implementing sustainable projects enabled them to achieve this prestigious award.”

Investors in Young People Award