A Newtownabbey primaryschool has been presented with a prestigious Investors in People Award business accreditation.
Ballyhenry Primary, which employs 16 people, was among 31 organisations which received the accolade during a ceremony at Hillsborough Castle.
The awards were presented by Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.
The Minister said: “This event celebrates a diverse range of businesses from the private, public and voluntary sectors reflecting a cross section of Northern Ireland employers who recognise the business benefits of Investors in People.
“It is an encouraging sign for our local economy that so many organisations, particularly small to medium-sized enterprises, continue to work with Investors in People to make significant business improvements.
“It is clear that regardless of size, sector or location, Investors in People presents all your organisations with the opportunity to improve performance.”
Investors in People has long been acknowledged as the most successful framework for business improvement through people.
It helps organisations of every size, sector and location to compete and succeed through improved people performance.
The approach to its delivery has recently changed, becoming more tailored to individual business needs, with no longer a requirement for a paper trail.
The framework has also been extended to provide stretch for all businesses, who can now work towards achieving the core standard or the recently added bronze, silver and gold levels.
The minister added: “Obviously, it is satisfying to receive your accreditation today, but the real cause for celebration is the improvements in the organisations that have achieved Investors in status - improvements brought about as a result of hard work and commitment in effectively managing and developing their most important asset - people.
“After all, it is the people we employ that will get us through challenging times.
“It is their commitment and skills that will make the difference.”