A big welcome to a new member of staff David Jones, who joined the TRS Training team in September! David joins us as Curriculum Lead for Lean Manufacturing. His objectives are:
- To provide outstanding teaching, learning and assessment to apprentices
- To develop the curriculum to meet employers’ and apprentices’ bespoke development
Skills and experience
David first got the teaching and training bug when he worked as Quality Manager for Macfarlane Packaging and Health & Safety Officer with Walkers of Manchester. In both roles, he delivered training to colleagues. So when David took redundancy 11 years ago, he decided to do his Cert Ed (teaching certificate). While studying, he worked in several part-time roles as an Adult Learning Tutor for Mid Cheshire College and Cheshire West and Chester Council. Eventually, this led him to become a trainer back in industry.
David also worked at Landis & Gyr, where he gained experience in Lean Manufacturing and co-tutored an in-house Lean Manufacturing course for several years. Whilst working for Robinson’s Brewery, he completed his CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning & Development. In addition, he worked on a project producing revised SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). David also expanded the company’s apprenticeship programme. Specifically, he helped introduce several lean manufacturing initiatives within their bottling plant.
Since joining, David has enjoyed meeting his fellow TRS trainers, virtually! He says:
“It’s great to be working with a whole team of people in the same role as me – i.e. ‘speaking the same language’! The flexible working pattern is excellent: no hour-long-plus commutes to the office. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Despite the fact we work remotely most of the time, I feel like part of a team.”
David is looking forward to seeing his cohorts of learners completing their apprenticeships and obtain their qualifications. In particular, he wants to see how they make a difference in their job roles because of the training they have received.