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Investment in Young People Award

What Do I Need to Do to Obtain IiYP?

The Award is held by the business for a 3-year period. To qualify you will have worked with a local school, college or education provider by engaging in activity that helps students with a better understanding of enterprise and businesses whilst gaining a range of employability skills. Any sized business, both Chamber members and non-members who are working with young people can apply, as long as you can provide evidence of your activity against specific criteria.

There is no specific requirement for what this support can or needs to be, but the following is a list of possible activities:

  • Careers events
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Work experience placements (structured longer-term activity)
  • Work taster events (short-term placements at/visits to employer premises)
  • Support for academic studies – i.e. help with BTEC courses etc.
  • School-led enterprise activity
  • Young Chamber activity
  • Student mentoring

You may already be doing more than enough to qualify for the award. Firstly, you need to register your interest online and complete the Application Form found at

After submitting your completed application Sussex Chamber will arrange a short on-site visit to verify your application. At the same time, we will make contact with the educational establishment listed in the application to arrange a telephone interview or to meet to confirm the educational establishment’s endorsement of the business application.

The onsite verification visit to the applicant should take no more than 1-2 hours and is designed to allow us as the IiYP Sussex agent to see any documents listed in the application and to briefly talk to staff involved in the school engagement. A pre-visit ‘check list’ will be provided to the applicant prior to the visit taking place.

There is a small registration and administration fee for the IiYP Award. The fee is charged for the administration of the scheme and covers each employer for a 3-year period of recognition.

The maximum fee charged for a small business (turnover up to £5m) will be £375 + vat, for a medium sized business (turnover £5m+) will be £750 + vat and for a large business (turnover £50m+) this will be £1,500 + vat.

Special offer - 33% off the above fees until 31st December 2018. 

Use discount code SUSSEX33

£375 + vat down to £251.25 + vat 

£750 + vat down to £502.50 + vat

£1,500 + vat down to £1,005 + vat

Being recognised as an Investment in Young People company shows your commitment in supporting the development of a Young Persons employability skills and their understanding of work and support for their future careers and employment.

Investment in Young People Award can help you to attract the best young talent to your business.



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