Farewell to Greg Poetschka, Regional Manager, Training Services NSW New England Region
After a career spanning over 40 years in the NSW public service, one of our Regional Manager’s, Greg Poetschka, is soon to say farewell.
Greg will finish in his role as Regional Manager, New England Region with Training Services NSW in July, having started his public sector career as a junior clerk with the Department of Main Roads back in 1974.
Over the last 23 years, he has been a passionate advocate for vocational education and training (VET). According to Dr Peter Whitley, Director Regional Operations, Training Services NSW “Greg is one of the most committed officers to achieving the goals of Training Services NSW.”
As to Greg’s effectiveness in raising the profile of VET, Tony Aumuller, a fellow Regional Manager who has worked alongside Greg for many years, said "if you were ever looking for an example of the benefits of knowing your business, knowing your clients and establishing effective networks, then Greg would be it.” In fact, “there wouldn't be an employer or (training) provider in the New England region who hasn't met with, had a coffee, shared a story, or a quiet ale, all for the sole purpose of getting people the skills to get a job, or working with employers to grow their businesses.” Tony went on to say.
A highlight of Greg’s career was signing up the first School Based Apprentice in NSW and his work toward pushing the boundaries to get School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) in childcare, health, agriculture, and other areas.
Greg was a founding member of the Agribusiness Careers & Professions (AGCAP) program, and an instigator of the Greater Northern Skills Development Group which now has 5 sub-committees and boasts a membership of 130.
He cites the growth of the NSW New England Regional Training awards to ‘sold out’ status every year, as another highlight. “With over 400 attendees, it’s the major way we can recognise achievements in VET in the region” Greg said.
While reflecting over his VET sector career, Greg said “I look back over many years and see numerous SBATs, trainees and apprentices that are highly successful and have become leaders in their industries and communities”.
In recognition of the skills and attributes that Greg has brought to his work Dr Peter Whitley, Director Regional Operations, Training Services NSW said that “Greg is one of the most highly regarded officers and Training Services NSW and more particularly the New England region will miss the enthusiasm and dynamism that he has brought to the role.”
As to the achievements and successes in VET that Greg has been involved with over his years with Training Services NSW, he paid tribute to the many colleagues he has worked with and said that he considered himself “to be very privileged to have led two great regions over the years, both with highly skilled, supportive and professional staff”.
If you are wanting to catch up with Greg after he leaves Training Services NSW in July, you could try visiting one of the local Tamworth pools, where you will probably find him poolside coaching young people to swim and race. If he gets back on his bike, which he thinks likely, you may also find him cycling along a New England roadway in a local charity fund raiser.
From all us at Training Services NSW, Greg, thank you and we wish you the very best for the future.