Johnstons of Elgin was awarded an Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation in a ceremony on Friday attended by Moray’s MP, Angus Robertson.
The IIYP scheme is supported to the tune of £1million by the Scottish Government and is offered to business around Scotland – it supports and recognises organisations in the employment of young people.
“Achieving IIYP accreditation for Johnstons really means marrying the traditional with the modern,” Mr Robertson said at the award ceremony, adding: “The traditional weaving skills that are to be found in their iconic woollen mill, delivered through modern apprenticeships by enthusiastic young people building their career.
“The award marks both the commitment of the more than 80 young apprentices and the commitment of Johnstons as their employer to give them the opportunities and getting the best from them in return.”
Willie Wood, who is the group human resources director at the Elgin firm, said he was “extremely proud” that Johnstons had been able to lead the way in providing modern apprentice programmes.
He added: “Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan and I’m delighted that our work in this area has been recognised in this way.”