YGAM receives Investors in People recognition

The Young Gamers & Education Trust (YGAM) has received gold accreditation from Investors in People. 

YGAM was described as a ‘great place to work’, and also praised for approaching its purpose with passion and meaning. 

The Investors in People gold accreditation comes not long after the organisation received four national recognition awards. 

“We are thrilled with this rating” 

Commenting on the accreditation, YGAM HR Manager Sam Calvert Smit said: “We are all thrilled with this rating. It is hugely rewarding for everyone who has been on the incredible journey YGAM over the last few years. 

“Our fantastic team of teachers, practitioners, parents and individuals with lived experience continues to grow and make a real difference.”

Meanwhile, YGAM Chief Executive Lee Willows also shared his thoughts: “Achieving the gold standard is testament to the hard-working team and is an illustration of how our people strategy has really become embedded in the YGAM.   

“It is our people that make YGAM a special place to work and I am immensely proud of the impact our team achieves on a daily basis in the delivery of our social cause.”

“In fine company” 

Investors in People, which only gives gold accreditation to 17% or organisations, said that the “passion and loyalty of people towards YGAM shines through”. 

The organisation’s CEO Paul Devoy also shared his thoughts on YGAM’s recognition. He said: “We’d like to congratulate YGAM. Gold accreditation on how we invest in people is a fantastic effort for any organisation, and places YGAM in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.” 

YGAM also receive significant recognition elsewhere 

Earlier this month, YGAM gained four national awards. These were related to its work within young communities to educate on gambling and possible related harms. 

At the time, Linda Collins – Head of YGAM’s National Programme – said: “Our dedicated education team is absolutely delighted to receive this award in recognition of our PSHE Resources.

“We, as qualified teachers, wanted to ensure our resources were practical and easy to use for teaching staff and enjoyable for children and young people whilst addressing difficult topics such as mental health and addiction. 

“As part of the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, we have been able to roll out these resources to teachers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  

“We receive consistently positive feedback from teachers and PSHE leads who say our purposeful resources allow them to address these topics meaningfully with the children they work with.” 

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