Gordon & MacPhail receives top award for supporting young people


Moira Stickle, HR Manager at Gordon & MacPhail, has been awarded the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Moray Employer Recognition Award for her ‘exceptional commitment to supporting young people in the region’.

The award, which recognises and thanks local individuals and employers each month for their hard work and commitment to DYW, goes a long way to helping prepare Moray’s young people for the world of work.

Moira leads a team within the company which focuses on supporting young people, and which is made up of employees from a range of departments. It has meant that Gordon & MacPhail engages with more young individuals than ever before, supporting the local community.

Championed by Moira, Gordon & MacPhail’s community engagement initiatives have taken various forms, including career fairs, classroom talks, mock interviews, a Career Ready programme, foundation apprenticeships, work experiences, and educational workshops. These efforts have provided opportunities for young people to explore potential career paths and gain hands-on experience.

Moira, said, “One of the main benefits of engagement with Moray’s young people is that it links us with the community and future talent to ensure the business can recruit the talent it needs to achieve objectives. It feels great to be able to give back, and to remember it is in all our interests to support our young people.”

Aimee Stephen, Business Liaison at Developing Young Workforce Moray, said, “Moira’s support has been outstanding, particularly her leadership and coordination, when supporting DYW Moray. Her efforts have ensured that Gordon & MacPhail is wholeheartedly engaged in supporting DYW’s initiatives within our community by supporting every secondary school in Moray, as well as many primary schools and UHI Moray. A heartfelt congratulations to Moira and her team for their exceptional work.”

Gordon & MacPhail, the fourth-generation family-owned Scotch whisky and premium spirits company based in Elgin, has been an integral part of the local community since the business was established in 1895.

Becky Pearce, Head of HR at Gordon & MacPhail said, “Moira’s efforts have amplified the positive impact of the organisation on the local community, ensuring that more young people have access to opportunities and support in Moray.”