Harness Energy Trainer Simon Kelly is a Lead Trainer & Assessor here at Harness, with a background in the drilling industry. Simon recently shared what qualities a trainer should possess as well as what presents the greatest challenges in training.
1. Describe your role at Harness
I’ve worked at Harness as a Lead Trainer & Assessor for almost two years and my role involves training people across a wide range of industries in all of the safety courses we offer a Harness. I train people in:
- Breathing Apparatus
- Confined Space Entry
- Fire Training
- Heights Rescue
- Operating 4WD Vehicles in the Field
- First Aid
- Weed & Seed
- Working Safely at Heights
I also train people across a range of locations across Queensland including Brisbane, Toowoomba, Chinchilla and Roma but also at the Harness training facility in Central Province, Papua New Guinea.
Previously to joining Harness, I held a variety of Driller positions in the the oil and gas space which also included some time as a Driller Trainer in Saudi Arabia.
2. What are the top 3 qualities for a trainer to have, and why?
- Open-minded – It’s good to enter each training course with an open mind to what the participants expect from the course as well as the various levels of experiences that the participants may have. Being open-mined enables me to be flexible and adapt training as is required, which leads me to the 2nd quality…
- Adaptability – It’s important as a trainer to be able to adapt course content and the way in which I deliver the training, to the participants I have in the course on that day. Flexibility helps to give participants the best experience to ensure they get what they want from the course.
- A good attitude – Although learning outcomes are absolute paramount in any training course, it’s also very beneficial to make the learning fun as if people are enthusiastic and motivated they will learn much easier than if they find the content tedious.
3. Why did you decide to become a trainer?
Previous to become a trainer at Harness, I was working in Saudi Arabia as a Driller Trainer for Arabian Drilling Company and on my return to Australia, an opportunity arose for a training role with Harness rather than on rigs. I decided to embrace this opportunity as it was something different and a new challenge for me, however was still linked to the industry in which I have operated for 15+ years thus I was able to bring to the role my experience and knowledge to give to the participants.
4. What is the most challenging aspect of being a trainer?
I think the best approach to any training challenge I may face is to look at it as an opportunity to embrace by adapting and being flexible. I love to problem solve, therefore when a challenge presents itself I always look for the possible solutions in order to move forward and get the job – or the training course – done, as well as achieving the desired outcomes and results.
5. And finally, what would be your dream training course?
I have a real passion for nature of all kinds so I would love to inform and educate people about everything to do with wildlife, nature, birds and animals. I have a passion for growing my own produce – I have 15 types of fruit trees at home – and I would love to educate people about a more natural organic way of living and eating.
If I was to undertake a training course, I would love to take a course in park ranging.