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


By Calum MacLeod


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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