STAFF PROFILE | MARIANNE WEHBY
Staff Profile | Marianne Wehby
What is your role with TLISC?
Industry Intelligence & Engagement Manager
When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I first joined the industry in 1988 as an Industrial Relations Officer in a company with lines of business across a range of sectors including road freight transport, heavy haulage, equipment hire, waste management, records and pallet management. During my 14 years’ service there was never a dull moment and I held various roles in relation to industrial relations research, advocacy and management, quality system implementation, leadership, frontline management and operational training, and a range of employment services projects.
How did you become part of the VET industry?
The T&L company I worked for had a strong commitment to the skills development of people at all levels of the organisation. Consistent with this was an interest in being actively involved in the development of the T&L Training package, and its subsequent application including becoming a registered RTO. As the manager of the learning and development team during that time I was actively involved in the development of successful implementation of these strategies.
Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
Like many people I developed a passion for the T&L industry once I discovered it, although I have also contracted in training roles in the banking Industry and research and competency assessment projects in the aviation and rail sectors.
My experience has been in corporate departments as well as businesses/profit centres and include the management of change management and workplace relations projects, the development and implementation of training strategies aligned to business needs, conflict resolution, supplier management, negotiation of workplace agreements advocacy in accordance with regulatory frameworks, including industrial tribunals and anti-discrimination forums.
What training and education have you undertaken?
Most recently I have continued to update my knowledge through various PD seminars in VET forums associated with Foundation Skills and related issues, as well as change management industrial law and workplace relations seminars.
I have formal qualifications in Industrial Relations and economics as well as CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (including LLN 401)
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Education creates opportunity – what you learn is something no one can ever take from you. That, and, ‘You can’t eat an elephant in one bite!’
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love hearing about the positive impacts of VET on individuals & businesses and meeting people who can see the potential in skills development. I also enjoy business site visits where I am able to walk through an operations area and appreciate the nature and scale of work performed and how it is organised.
How do you spend your time away from work?
Whenever possible I enjoy bushwalking & travel but dinner, movies and theatre with good company are more regular activities in between teenage–wrangling
Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
Cake & ice cream & mountains & ocean + desert & ice