The Sefton Group says it's keen to nurture talent – by helping a budding chef secure his industry qualifications.
Thomas Bergan has been appointed commis chef at the Palace Hotel a year after joining the Sefton Group.
The 28-year-old from Bradford has previously worked on a biodiversity project in Peru and also at the Venture Centre in Maughold after coming to live on the Island five years ago.
Head Chef Chris Swinden says: "As soon as Thomas joined us it was clear he had great potential.
"He showed a natural aptitude and was eager to learn, so in a very short time was working on functions and preparing food for the restaurant.
"Thomas is a real asset to the team.
"The Sefton Group will therefore be supporting him to study for his industry qualifications at University College Isle of Man, which he’ll be attending one day a week starting this September, while my team and I will continue his training in the Palace Hotel’s kitchens at all other times.
"We all have high hopes for Thomas's future."
Group Operations Director Adrian Brockhouse says: "For the Sefton Group our people are our most important asset.
"The Sefton Group has always been quick to recognise then nurture talent.
"We believe in offering our trainees meaningful work that will encourage them to become the best they can and will set them firmly on a path to career progression."