In this month’s special column, we are pleased to host an interview with David Tournay, secretary of the Maritime Skills Alliance, who says the maritime sector is full of attractive positions, but needs to embrace the use of apprenticeships more. increase. This is an excellent initiative that directly addresses the skills shortage and can draw funding from the government, he explains.
r Tournay has developed many of his skills such as strategic thinking and is grateful to have been able to study for his Master’s Degree in Training and Human Resources Management.
SAFETY4SEA: How did you get into the shipping industry, and what are your specific areas of expertise?
David Toonay: I have been a skills development specialist with a keen interest in the maritime sector for 30 years. I am also an avid sailor, so I love the sea. So I can combine my skill set with my interests.
S4S: What excites you most about your current job/role and why?
DT: I am passionate about meeting new people and discovering new things about jobs and activities that I didn’t know before. The maritime sector is full of fascinating jobs, so it’s great to explore.
S4S: When you think of the word success, who comes to mind first and why?
DT: I think it’s James Dyson. He has refined and refined products that seek to solve everyday problems. It’s a combination of design, presentation and build quality.
S4S: Who is your most influential person/mentor and why?
DT: My old boss, John McNamara, when I worked for a large hospitality training organization. He taught me that people work with people, not with organizations. Connecting with people and how they treat us is what makes the difference and helps grow successful projects.
S4S: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve ever received and why?
DT: Best advice – buy a home when you can! It has given me a good sense of security. / WORST ADVICE – BUY A COMPUTER WITH WINDOWS 8 SOFTWARE!
S4S: What is the most valuable career investment (energy, time, money) you have ever made?
DT: I am studying for my Master’s Degree in Training and Human Resources Management. It developed many of my current skill development ideas and allowed me to be much more strategic in my thinking.
S4S: If you could give your 18-year-old self any advice, what would it be and why? Which advice should I ignore?
DT: Advice – Try to maintain your contact network and stay in touch at every opportunity. Take an interest in the people you work with. These people will be your backbone or ongoing career development. / Ignore – Only management positions are valuable.
S4S: Over the past five years, what new beliefs, behaviors, or habits have most improved your business life?
DT: We are embracing the use of Zoom and Teams to reduce the amount of time and money we spend traveling.
S4S: What specifically would you like to change in the current marine environment and your area of expertise, and why?
DT: I would like the industry to become more and more receptive to the use of apprenticeships. This is a great initiative that directly addresses the skills shortage and can draw funding from the government. What are the downsides?
S4S: What is your personal motto?
DT: Life is not a rehearsal.
The views above are solely those of the authors, do not necessarily reflect the views of SAFETY4SEA, and are for information sharing and discussion purposes only.