Commissum, one of the UK’s fastest growing cyber security firms, is honoured to have achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people.
The framework, initiated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, supports organisations that are looking to recruit, retain and develop young people and recognises organisations that are already doing so. IIYP is designed to realise the potential of our young people and to encourage them to reach their potential through a structured and effective development programme.
The talent gap within cyber security is a widely publicised concern. It is feared that by 2021, there could be as much as 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions whilst the number of attacks continue to surge. As a leading independent organisation within the industry, Commissum, has made it a key priority to help tackle this nationwide problem through the hiring of junior talent, knowledge transfer initiatives and apprenticeship schemes. Currently, 20% of Commissum’s workforce consists of people aged between 16 to 24.
Commenting on the award, Frank Green of Commissum had the following words to offer.
“The management team made a strategic decision in early 2018 to pivot the recruitment from primarily experienced hires in our Testing, SOC and Sales operations following various initiatives such as our recruitment of the first cohort on the Cyber Security Apprenticeship scheme.
The decision needed a forward thinking and bold investment commitment to allow us to find the best young talent with the potential to be leaders in their fields, develop that talent and then commit to retaining those skilled individuals through structured and rewarding career paths. To be recognised through this accreditation is a testament to that forethought and our commitment to do things differently but more than that it is a testament to the quality of the people we have across the organisation. Be it those young people or their mentors and managers. As we head into 2019, we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved this year”
Kate Carmichael, Assessor for Investors in People, said: "We're delighted to have Commissum as a new Investors in Young People (IIYP) Good Practice Award winner! Commissum is an organisation on an incredible growth path and readily sees the important role investing in Young People plays in the future of not only the organisation but the broader sector. Having good structure and practices that support Young People through the full employment life cycle will support that growth and strengthen Commissum's reputation in the market."