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Hospitality expert joins Developing the Young Workforce board for its the Inverness and Central Highland region

By Calum MacLeod

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New DYW board member Ken Loades.
New DYW board member Ken Loades.

YOUTH employment group Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) has added a fresh face to its board to help in its goal of boosting skills in the Inverness and Central Highland region.

Ken Loades, brings a wealth of experience from the hospitality and tourism industries having worked for over a decade at Inverness hospitality and leisure firm Cru Holdings, where he is currently operations director.

His appointment is part of a drive to get more young Highlanders to think about a career in one of the region’s most varied and successful industries and to help equip them with the skills needed to succeed.

The food and drink sector alone is worth £14 billion to the Scottish economy and DYW is keen to make sure the region is protected from a potential skills shortage.

Mr Loades commented: “The industry has been very good to me. I started as a kitchen porter and worked my way through the ranks. This gave me a solid grounding and a good understanding of the hospitality industry. The biggest opportunity I see is with young people. In my new role, I will be lucky enough to be in the position to encourage young people to choose hospitality as a career and open their minds to the wealth of different jobs and experiences available.”

DYW programme manager Andy Maxtone said: “Hospitality is a big part of our strategy for this year and we are looking forward to Ken providing additional oversight and guidance.”

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