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Staff Profile | Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

What is your role with TLISC?
General Manager – Training Packages

When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
It really started when I was a young boy going out on the road with my Dad, who had his own delivery truck. I joined the industry as a courier driver and then moved into various driving and freight handling roles, driving forklifts and every type of truck through to heavy combination. In this time I worked for a few different companies, both as an employee and an owner driver. Over time I became more involved in Transport & Logistics operations, particularly business integrations at the operational level. After many years in operations at the one company, I became the National Training Manager which covered operational training, culture change, talent management and people development.

How did you become part of the VET industry?
I’ve been involved in training since my late teens when I started coaching football teams, so it was always an area that I was attracted to. As a driver I trained new drivers in the business, and then completed the Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training (BSZ40198). This led to me delivering more workplace training on safety and new technology for our operational staff. My National Training role provided me greater exposure to TLISC and when an opportunity arose to become a Training Package Specialist, it was the perfect opportunity for me given my experience in the industry.

Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
It’s pretty much covered above, except for the first 3 years out of school when I worked in a bank. T&L is in my blood, so it was only a matter of time before I moved into the industry.

What training and eduacation have you undertaken?
Over the years I’ve completed a range of VET training including Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Operational Management, Project Management, Media, Industrial Relations, and Workplace Health & Safety

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
If you make a mistake, don’t try to hide it or blame others, acknowledge it and learn from it. This is so important to develop and maintain trust in any team environment.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Working with a great team who are also passionate about the industry that I love and have been a part of for most of my life.

How do you spend your time away from work?
I’m a sporting tragic, still playing touch football and trying to keep active. Otherwise I’m watching sport live or on TV, especially footy or cricket. Eating out with friends and enjoying a good coffee are also amongst my favourite things away from work.

Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
I love the sea, so mountains of ocean. Sitting on or by the beach, with a good coffee in winter or a Corona in summer is pretty hard to beat.