New RTO Manager, Peter Tubb
Amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, TITEB welcomed our new RTO Manager, Peter Tubb who brings broad experience of working as a teacher, adult educator and RTO manager in Darwin, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Peter’s vision is that all Tiwi people, stakeholders and other organisations are empowered and feel confident about the future of the RTO. He has three clear aims:
- To be operationally sound;
- To deliver on our commitments; and
- To train someone to replace him as RTO Manager in 5 years’ time.
Although his position is based at Wurrumiyanga, since arriving in the Top End Peter has spent 14 days in isolation and the rest of the time working from the TITEB Head Office in Darwin.
“It’s an interesting time to start a new job,” he said.
“If nothing else the shutdown has given us plenty of time to take stock, re-structure and plan for the future.”
One-time boilermaker-welder, Peter went to university and began studying Marine Biology. However he decided the opportunities for marine biologists were too limited and swapped to a teaching degree. After graduating, he taught in State and Catholic schools, working his way up into management positions.
Over the years, Peter also ran his own construction business, managing residential projects, before going to work for an RTO in Adelaide. As manager of a small RTO with national coverage, Peter managed trainers all over Australia. He was responsible for supply chain logistics, pre-employment and in-employment training and upskilling.
“The key to our success was responsiveness and flexibility,” he said.
Peter has worked with indigenous people in the city, as well as marginalised refugee communities and long-term unemployed people. He recognises that the TITEB RTO has experienced some instability in the past and is committed to making a difference.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the trainers Deb and Uilelea and tapping into their experience,” he said.
“Once we’re up and running I’ll be out and about to meet employers, other agencies and the community.
“I’d like the community to know the RTO as a safe, secure environment where people are confident about turning up, and they know we will be there tomorrow, the next day and the day after that – ready to welcome them.”