STAFF PROFILE | EDDIE HARDMAN
Staff Profile | Eddie Hardman
What is your role with TLISC?
Senior Training Package Specialist – Maritime
When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
Two years ago when I commenced work at TLISC. I’ve learnt a lot about the maritime industry.
How did you become part of the VET industry?
I was inspired by my teacher at trade school (now TAFE), Bill Browning. I decided teaching was going to be my vocation, so I put a plan in place to make it happen. After sixteen years in industry, I applied and successfully gained a teaching position at RMIT.
Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
Prior to TLISC I worked at Innovation and Business Skills Australia, responsible for business services and the printing industries sector. I spent three years at the Department of Education and Training, Victoria, seven years with the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) and before ANTA, Casey Institute of TAFE as a curriculum development officer. I’ve also worked at a State and National ITAB.
What training and education have you undertaken?
Before life in VET, a range of short courses plus a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering. Other qualifications include a Diploma of Technical Education, Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Curriculum.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I would like to say the contact with stakeholders, the discussions, dialogue, conversations and finally getting everyone to agree, even if it’s only in principle. But honestly – the letter from the Department saying, “It’s endorsed.”
How do you spend your time away from work?
Five Grandchildren, five years and under, take up a lot of time. Reading, movies and the gym – my aim is four times a week (I usually make it at least once).
Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
Definitely ice cream … and a mountain overlooking the ocean.