No stranger to leadership, Andrew is deputy group officer of the Traralgon Group and also a senior manager of a university IT department where he manages 22 staff.
“Managing volunteers is quite different to other management roles and the situations faced are a lot more fluid. It requires different techniques as people are motivated by different things,” Andrew said.
“I want to learn how to better work in this environment and develop some skills and techniques in this course that will help me to get the best outcomes possible.”
The Darley VFBV Volunteer Leadership Program is a Certificate IV in Frontline Management that has been adapted for fire and emergency services. Andrew will be investing more than 700 hours on the course over the next five months and will attend sessions from Traralgon to
“I’m hoping to learn some strategies that will benefit my brigade and surrounding brigades around better succession planning, as we have a great deal of knowledge sitting with our more senior members who are approaching retirement.
“I’d also like to learn more about recruitment and retention and how to better engage new members. The younger generations are often looking to get different things out of it – I’d like to engage them in a way that works better for them and motivates them.
“We’re going through change and a lot of operational roles are being returned to volunteers and groups, so it’s important that our members are equipped for that,” he added.
Traralgon West Captain Ken Wells is extremely supportive of the leadership course.
“I think this course will be a big advantage to Andrew, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he took on more leadership roles within the brigade and group side of things down the track.”
“He’s quite good at the management side of things and his organisational skills are unbelievable. It’s a pretty big deal to get on to this course and he’s done it off his own bat, so I think it should be good for him.”
“Succession planning is something we’ve been pushing and Andrew is very much behind it. We want to push our younger members to take on more responsibility and encourage them to do this sort of leadership training.”