DYW West Highland Welcomes New Chairperson from GFG Alliance
We are delighted to welcome, Danielle MacTavish, HR Specialist at GFG Alliance in Fort William, as our elected Chairperson on the Board. The employer-led Board currently comprises representatives from: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, Robertson Construction Ltd, The Underwater Centre, Highland Council, Skills Development Scotland, The Three Chimneys, Wester Ross Salmon, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and West Highland College. Danielle MacTavish has been key to helping with our activities before her election as Chair, using her HR and business expertise to champion employer-led DYW events in local schools. Danielle’s contribution has ranged from helping to lead mock interviews, promoting apprenticeships to school pupils, as well as communicating the variety of roles, skills and expertise required to work at the Lochaber Smelter.
It is undoubtedly a very exciting time for the West Highlands, with continuing announcements of sustainable industry investments from a variety of businesses, many of them well known global brands, helping to strengthen the local economy. As one of Lochaber’s largest employers with 170 workers, GFG Alliance, plans to expand its operations to produce a quarter of the UK’s vehicle components that will create hundreds of jobs.
Danielle MacTavish, HR Specialist, GFG Alliance, said: “The work of DYW plays a key role in providing opportunities for development and growth to young people, education centres and businesses alike. The aim of the DYW project is to increase opportunities and routes into employment for young people, which will inevitably have a positive effect on businesses by increasing skill availability in the area. I am excited to continue to support the DYW project in this new role as Chairperson.”
Douglas Ormiston, Programme Manager, DYW West Highland, said: “Danielle has been a valuable supporter of the DYW West Highland programme and her contributions have been key to achieving many of our successes. When it came to selecting a Chair, she was the obvious choice.”