New board members for DYW West Highland

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Developing the Young Workforce West Highland has announced a series of appointments to its Board, diversifying and strengthening the reach across the region’s key sectors.

The new members are Donald Waring of MOWI; Sandra Milne from Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels; and Angela Coburn of TSL Contractors. This means the board now has representatives from aquaculture, tourism and construction – important industries for the region.

Mr Waring is looking forward to working with like-minded professionals on the Board. He said: ‘As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, I constantly thrive to improve people’s education and development , so that they realise their full potential.

‘My current role with Mowi is allowing me to use my experience to develop new talent routes, especially attracting young people to become a future talented workforce.’

Ms Milne has been offering career opportunities through different pipelines for her whole career and wants to encourage more pupils in the West Highlands to consider a career in hospitality.

She said: ‘For 2 years I have been working in the Talent team at Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels as Talent and Recruitment Manager, covering three locations in Scotland; Scottish Borders, Perthshire and Scottish Highlands.’

Ms Coburn has worked in employment law, community development in different sectors, and spent many years advising and representing on employment law related matters.

She said: ‘As the community benefits manager for TSL Contractors and a DYW Board member I am committed to promoting and encouraging engagement with the local young workforce both at the strategic level and at the coalface.’

The main aims of the group involve increasing engagement between employers and education in priority sectors; working closely with small and medium sized businesses, but also developing partnerships with larger enterprises; and supporting awareness of apprenticeships.

Chairman of the Board, Matthew Jackson said: ‘Our board comprises a wide range of leaders from a variety of organisations including public and private sectors.

‘The broad range of sectors and skills around the table will allow us to enable businesses to further enhance their relationships with our schools, colleges and universities and other partners to build a shared focus, enthusiasm and determination to work with our young people.

‘All our board members have a passion for supporting the next generation and our economy and I am pleased to welcome Donald, Sandra and Angela to the team.’