Director and Principal Consultant, BMA Consulting
BA (Ind Psych) Grad Dip (HR)
Master of Administration
Brendan has been involved in the development and
implementation of training strategies since 1989. His work has involved
extensive research and facilitation and has required the ability
to work effectively with a range of stakeholders to ensure that
ownership and take-up of project outcomes occurs.
Brendan has undertaken projects that have focused
on the utilisation of National Training Framework processes as the
basis for implementing development approaches for industries and
enterprises. He has assisted six major ITABs (a total of 12 industry
sectors) in the design and development of their Training Packages.
This work has involved the development of competency standards,
assessment guidelines, learning strategies, assessment materials
and professional development materials.
Skills and experience
Brendan has built a reputation for taking a professional approach
to undertaking research, training, analysis and facilitation work.
In particular, Brendan's work with industry experts is testament
to his skills. The outcomes which have been achieved have resulted
from the relationships he has developed with all stakeholders and
his concentration on innovative, creative and workable outcomes.
This is evidenced by the fact that for over 10 years he has successfully
assisted in the analysis, development and implementation of major
training reform initiatives in over 35 industry sectors.
Brendan has developed a strong and consistent
reputation for excellent facilitation skills in areas ranging from
strategic planning to group focus workshops, and analysing the functions
of occupations. His major strength in facilitation is engendering
a sense of ownership and commitment to the outcomes of workshops.
The following are recent examples of Brendan's facilitation work:
1. Phase II Review of the
Forest and Forest Products Industry Training Package (FPI99) (current
project). This Training Package is very large covering six
industry sectors. It requires extensive redevelopment work involving
complex facilitation and consultation. Based on the recommendations
from Phase I, this project will result in the redevelopment of approximately
500 national endorsed competency standards, a qualifications framework
and assessment guidelines which provide a clear benchmark for people
in the Forest and Forest Products Industry.
2. Development of Business
Plans for the Agri-Food and Innovation and Business Industry Skills
Councils for ANTA during 2004. These projects brought together
10 major ITABs into two new Skills Councils. They were difficult
projects in that they required extensive and careful facilitation
to ensure the successful merging of competing agendas and cultures
in a tight project timeframe.
3. Review of Indigenous
Services - Industry Training Strategies Program (DEST) in early
2003. This project focused on the need to effectively increase
Indigenous people's participation and outcomes in nationally recognised
training through a review of the services offered through the Indigenous
component of the Industry Training Strategies Programme (ITSP).
The project involved desk-based research of relevant Indigenous
publications and initiatives, together with consultation with stakeholders
and experts, to form the basis of discussion groups which will ultimately
guided both the identification of gaps in current ITSP Indigenous
services and opportunities to improve future service provision.
4. Research into Training
Package implementation in the ACT for the Office of Training and
Adult Education. The project involved research and analysis
of issues affecting Training Package implementation and uptake.
It included the facilitation of workshops for each of the key stakeholders
involved in Training Package implementation in the ACT including
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), employers, unions, Group
Training Companies (GTCs), National Apprenticeship Centres (NACs)
and VETIS providers.
5. Development and facilitation
of professional development workshops across Australia for the implementation
of the Asset Security Training Package (PRS03). The project
involved the development and facilitation of a national round of
workshops to assist those in the security and investigative industries
to implement the newly endorsed Training Package.
6. Development of competency
standards for people who come into professional contact with those
affected by domestic violence (Office of the Status of Women - Department
of Prime Minister and Cabinet). The project involved the
coordination and facilitation of two-rounds of 30 workshops in metropolitan,
regional and remote localities throughout Australia. The project
required liaison and consultation with a diverse range of occupational
groups, including teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, police, general
practitioners, community health workers, church groups and volunteers.
7. Planning workshops to
determine the future of Industry Training Advisory Arrangements
in the ACT in 2003. The workshops involved all training stakeholders
within the ACT including Chairs and Executive Officers from each
of the ITABs.
Recent examples of Brendan's work
include the following:
Development of Workplace English, Language
and Literacy (WELL) training and assessment materials to support
the Certificate II in Security Operations as part of the Asset Security
Training Package (PRS03)
Development of training and assessment materials
for the Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) with a focus
on Aboriginal Sexual Health, for the Aboriginal Health & Medical
Research Council of NSW (2004)
Review of Industry Training
Strategies Programme for Indigenous people for the Department of
Employment, Science and Training (2003)
Development of Property
Operations and Development Sector (PODS) competency standards -
this included an initial stage to scope industry requirements and
a subsequent stage to develop the competency standards and qualifications
structure for Property Services Training Australia (2003)
Review of the Asset Security
Training Package (PRS02) (2002)
Research and development
for career paths and classification structure for para-professionals
(including surveyors, laboratory technicians, road designers) for
the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (2002-2003)
Evaluation of Training
Package implementation within the ACT for the Office of Training
and Adult Education (2002)
Development and facilitation
of professional development workshops throughout Australia for the
implementation of the Asset Security Training Package
Development of learning
strategies and assessment materials for Rocla Industries' Frontline
Management Program (2002 - 2003)
Scoping and development
of financial dealers competency standards for the National Finance
ITAB / Australian Financial Markets Association (2003)
Scoping and review of the
Asset Security Training Package for Property Services Training Australia
Review and development
of Assessor competency standards to be included in the revised Training
and Assessment Training Package for Business Services Training Australia
(2002 - 2003)
Strategic planning workshops for ACT Training
and Adult Education (2003).
Previous experience as Director of
Training Strategies with the Department of Employment Education
and Training (now DEST) and several years experience in the private
and public sectors in project management, people development, and
in research and policy roles in the implementation of skills formation
strategies. Brendan's experience in the area of competency standards
and organisational development was recognised through his inclusion
in a team of experts to Romania to develop and implement competency