A lot has happened in our 12th year and we are delighted that this Friday 18th March, not only do we celebrate our 12th birthday but we can also celebrate our latest award – Investors in Young People.
In the last year we developed and launched our new flagship bizanywhere service, which offers a complete per user, per month IT package comprising of hardware, cloud services and support. We continue with our aim of keeping technology simple for businesses, ensuring it enables productivity and minimises business downtime. The birthday also marks our first full year being part of the Abica Group which has been fruitful for both companies and our clients bases who are now getting the advantages of shared services.
Founded 12 years ago by a young Nick Cohen, pcr has always been an organisation championing youth employment. Currently employing around 12 staff, the organisation has grown steadily since the early days. Over more than a decade, we have been investing in youth in order to become the company we are today. CEO Cohen himself was only 13 when he set up his first PC repair business from his teenage bedroom, understanding first-hand the need to support talented young people into employment.
Celebrating our 12-year milestone at the same time we are given an Investors in Young People accreditation is perfectly fitting with Nick’s background. This is complemented by the many efforts of pcr to support young people interested in making a career in IT. These include youth support initiatives offered by pcr, such as the Earn As You Learn Internship scheme which targets local university students, giving them the opportunity to gain first hand experience whilst studying. In addition, pcr has a close involvement with Young Enterprise Scotland (YES).
We are delighted that pcr has been given the Investors in Young People accreditation. It means a lot to us to support the next generation of talent and provide opportunities for younger people who want to start a career in IT. Considering Nick’s background, it’s especially important to us to make a career path in IT as welcoming and accessible as possible.
The IIYP accolade comes just weeks after one of our youngest recruits, Carly Jenkins, was awarded the SQA trophy by New College Lanarkshire. The award was presented to Carly for achieving the best exam results in her year group. The whole team are very proud of Carly, who recently joined pcr through the aforementioned internship scheme whilst in her final year of studies.
Investors in Young People launched in July 2014, recognising and supporting organisations across Scotland in the employment of young people. The accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland, and only those awarded the accreditation may use and display the Investors in Young People logo and plaque.
Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said, “This is a fantastic achievement for pcr, and the whole Investors in Young People team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The IIYP framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice.”
With this distinct achievement rounding off our first 12 years as we mean to go on, pcr is delighted to see what the next 12 years (and more) hold!