Training and Development Manager

Personal Background Information

Training and Development Manager

David Barry, Training & Development Manager, Brandauer


  • I think design and technology is a vital subject which should have a strong emphasis on practical, dexterity skills, utilising a variety of different materials i.e. metals etc.
  • An apprenticeship is a good route into business as it enables you to learn as you earn.  Should you prove to be a valuable resource to the company, investment in you to develop along an academic path could be available. With an apprenticeship the ‘sky is the limit’ regarding development and progression.
  • I enjoy the variety of tasks involved in my job and meeting new people.




My job is to determine the training and development needs of all individuals within the Company to meet the business strategic plan.  I design, develop and deliver a range of training modules.

I am based within a front office but have to visit employees in all departments within the business. We only have one site and I work very closely with my fellow departmental managers and human resources team. I also work with external people and organisations such as trainers and training providers.

Key Activities:

  • Assess employee training needs
  • design, develop and deliver variety of training across the business.

Personal skills

It’s important to have a keen mind to get to the bottom of what exactly the business needs from a training perspective and to maximise the time available to get the most effective and efficient results. I tend to work mostly on my own but rely on the experience of others for some technical input.



At school I studied English, maths, technical drawing and chemistry.


After school I took an engineering apprenticeship to become a toolmaker; was promoted to work study engineer and subsequently an industrial manufacturing engineer.  I became a project leader for training, leading into a role as personnel officer then manager.  I maintained HR manager status for 18 years before reverting to a part-time (3 days) training & development manager role. Over the years, I have gained qualifications including City & Guilds Full Tech Cert – HND Mechanical Engineering, CIPD, IOSH, MTM 1+2, TQM, NVQ Assessor (ENTRA), S&H Occupational Testing Licence, ILM Management Development L3, Six Sigma Green Belt.