Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the company which operates His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree, has been awarded a national Investors in People accreditation as a mark of excellence.
And the honour comes just days after the city arts charity fought off tough competition to win the Aberdeen City and Shire Area Tourism Partnership Award for Community Initiative, in recognition of the innovative ways in which individuals and local communities are encouraged and supported to develop skills and participate in the work of the company.
This includes the work of the creative learning team in engaging young people and communities across Aberdeen City and Shire in arts activities, talent development programmes for aspiring artists, a volunteering programme, work experience programmes, an enlightened recruitment and induction programme for employees and a forward looking approach to training and development.
The prestigious Investors in People accreditation is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence, and is awarded following a rigorous and objective assessment to determine performance.
Says APA chief executive Jane Spiers: “Achieving Investors In People is a testament to the talented, loyal and hard-working APA workforce across our three venues who are all at the heart of our success. It tells the world that we are an ambitious, people-centred company.
The Area Tourism Award coming in the same week is a double cause for celebration for APA.
Says Jane "I was very proud to collect the Aberdeen City and Shire Area Tourism Partnership Award on behalf of everyone in the company and very proud to have our commitment to community engagement so honoured by the community we serve.
“A big thank you to the team and to our volunteers who give so generously of their time – tour guides, audio describers, our archivist, our interns, young creative assistants and Friends of APA.”