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4 March 2022 • Sarah Medcraf

Business membership organisation Moray Chamber of Commerce has been named a Young Person’s Guarantee Employer. They join a growing list of over 30 businesses in the region who have pledged to support Moray’s young people.

The accolade was awarded due to their current and future plans to support the next generation of Moray’s workforce. As part of the application process, Moray Chamber committed a range of support methods to Moray’s young people. This included offering mentorship opportunities, partnerships with schools and the promotion of Developing the Young Workforce and its work to its members and the wider business community.

Sarah Medcraf, Chief Executive of Moray Chamber of Commerce spoke on why they strived for the accolade: “We communicate with a hundreds of businesses throughout the year and one of the common problem areas is always around appropriate talent and skills within the workforce. We understand the way to resolve this problem is to be part of the solution so we are joining many other businesses who will be supporting our young people, our future workforce, to ensure that Moray can thrive for years to come.”

Moray Chamber of Commerce is a micro-organisation based on the High Street in Elgin and employs less than 3 members of staff. All businesses regardless of size and sector can engage with the young people of Moray and should be encouraged to do so in ways which fit in with their organisation.

Sarah Barnes, Programme Manager for Developing the Young Workforce in Moray (DYW) comments: “A huge part of our activity at DYW Moray this year has been engaging with employers in Moray about the Young Person’s Guarantee. This is a commitment to connect every 16- to 24-year-old in Scotland to an opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering.

Those employers that sign up are committing to preparing and inspiring school pupils and college students to gain the skills they need for the world of work. And in return, they get to build a workforce with the right skills and experience and put young people at the heart of what they do.

We are delighted that Moray Chamber of Commerce has signed up, leading by example, hopefully inspiring other Moray employers to do the same.”

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