Investors in People is delighted to award the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) with a We invest in people, Gold accreditation.

The result is a major achievement for the charity which has experienced significant growth over the past few years. Gold accreditation means that an organisation has established policies in place, and that everyone (from CEO to apprentice) takes ownership for making them come to life.  

Over the last 29 years, Investors in People have accredited more than 50,000 organisations and their accreditation is recognised in 66 countries around the world, making it the global benchmark when it comes to people management. Only 17% of accredited organisations achieve Gold.

The report described YGAM as a ‘great place to work’ and highlighted how the ‘passion and loyalty from people towards YGAM shines through’. It also found 100% of staff believe YGAM has a positive impact on society.

It also praised YGAM for ‘obtaining external accreditation and having gained many positive reviews from clients, including City & Guilds Assured and the Association of Employment and LearningProviders and NCVQ Trusted Charity, and having registered with the fundraising regulator.’

Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate YGAM. Gold accreditation on 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.”

“The importance of people is thoroughly understood by the organisation, as is the relationship with clients and the wider stakeholder network within the sector. YGAM is extremely well led by the CEO operating with passion for the organisation, for what it stands for and its people – which is a factor in the very quick rise to Gold-We Invest in People accreditation.”

Commenting on the award, Lee Willows, Chief Executive of YGAM, said: “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 achieve on a daily basis in the delivery of our social cause.”

Sam Calvert Smit, HR Manager at YGAM 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.”

YGAM recently scooped four national awards including the PSHE Education Award at the Children & Young People Now Awards. The PSHE Education Award honours organisations that ‘provide outstanding resources to educators for PSHE education, delivering materials and lesson plans that align cohesively with current national curriculum requirements’.