• Mark Jones

     

    An inspirational and pragmatic Workforce and Capability Development Specialist

     

  • Mark Jones is an award winning workforce capability, leadership development, and business improvement specialist.

    Combining recognised Industry engagement and facilitation skills, I am frequently contracted to create and implement innovative learning and bespoke business improvement solutions for clients across the Asia Pacific region to optimise their operational efficiencies.

    Over the last 15 years, my responsibilities have progressively increased and covered a range of operational, leadership and strategic functions. Often working within industries subjected to high levels of regulation and compliance, I have a proven ability to provide relevant and timely advice to both internal and external stakeholders.

     

    As a workforce development consultant, I am recognised as a pragmatic and strategic thinker with a successful track record of navigating organisations through complex change and performance improvement processes.

    I am a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators (FAIPF), a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and Australian Institute of Training & Development (AITD) organisations with broad HR generalist, workforce development, compliance and training management experience gained from consulting to organisations across the mining, energy, construction, tourism and small business sectors.

    Specialties:

    • Capability and competency framing
    • Training governance and compliance management
    • Leading change implementation and culture development interventions

    • Creating dynamic customer centric cultures
    • Safety training and environmental stewardship
    • Management and leadership training

    • Executive coaching, mentoring, and teams based facilitation.

     

    My skills have been honed in both operational and strategic environments (blue and white collar) where productivity improvements and compliance are highly regarded. I work closely with business executives and Boards particularly where they require accurate assessment and reporting to support the identification of workforce planning, business improvement and skills development opportunities.

     

    In summary, I am a highly skilled facilitator and HR professional with broad experience contributing to workforce, talent and business improvement projects enabling businesses to increase the capability and effectiveness of their human capital.

     

    I am currently seeking senior contracting or business partnering roles where I can be empowered to influence an organisations operational and workforce capability functions to grow the capability and sustainability of the business.

  • EXPERIENCE & WORK HISTORY

     

    Australian Cabinet & Furniture Association (ACFA)

    National Projects & Industry Engagement Manager

    June 2017 - Present

     

    The National Projects and Industry Engagement Manager plays a pivotal role in aligning industry relevant projects with new business opportunities for ACFA ensuring the realisation of the organisations strategic business objectives and growing the capacity of this vibrant manufacturing sector.

    Key to delivering on this KPI is the identification of the future skilling needs of the Furniture and Cabinetmaking sectors and to oversee key projects that build industry capability and market share for ACFA. Responsibilities oversee the forming of effective collaborations with regional, state and national stakeholders in a workforce planning, vocational training, mentoring, and an industry development capacity.

    The maintenance of key Regional, State and Nationally based industry relationships is essential to the success of this role and includes engagement with Industry Skills Councils, ITAB’s, NGOs, the Department of Employment and Training / State Training Authorities, Apprenticeship Network Providers / AASN’s, other Industry Associations and Economic Development Groups, TAFE Institutes / Trades Training Colleges, employers, apprentices, and all levels of Government.

    Within this role, I currently sit on various regional and state based committees and training advisory groups and act as the Chairperson of the NSW Forestry Skills Training Advisory Committee (STAC).

     

    CAG

    Queensland - State Industry Development Manager

    Nov 2015 – Aug 2016

    Contract Role

     

    Reporting into the Executive GM Industry and the General Manager - Apprenticeships & Trades, my key responsibilities within the CAG group required consultative interventions and management of key relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including the Department of Education, VET Regulators, employers, industry groups, and a team of internal business development professionals who supported the engagement, management and successful training of trainees and apprentices across a diverse portfolio of industry relevant career and training pathways.

    Managing a team of 17 direct reports and 35 indirect reports in a B2B client management function, I guided this team in exceeding all apprentice acquisition targets and performance KPI's within a heavily regulated and compliance driven environment. Operationally, I was responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of an 'end to end' customer experience and compliance framework that provided high levels of engagement and support to all stakeholder groups enabling significant growth in the attraction and retention of apprentices, vocational students and their host employers.

    My team engaged with employers, apprentices and trainees across six key industry pillars inclusive or engineering, electro-technology, construction / carpentry, automotive services and a diverse portfolio of white collar traineeships in Aged Care, Health and Early Child Care Education.

    Origin Energy

    Training & Competency Compliance Advisor - Contract Role

    June 2014 – July 2015

     

    The purpose of this role is to assist with the development, implementation and governance of assurance systems (policies, processes and procedures) in order to support learning stakeholders with the analysis, design, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of Origin learning and safety training interventions.

    I am responsible and accountable for:

    • Developing and implementing learning and development processes, procedures, and auditing compliance across the Upstream and wider Origin Organisational Capability teams
    • Assisting in the engagement and management of external service providers in accordance with Origin’s procurement and contracting policies, health, safety and environmental (HSE) directives
    • Assisting with the funding and compliance management of Origin apprenticeship / traineeship training programs
    • Assisting with the development of internal and external evaluation strategies and reporting to executive managers on the effectiveness of learning interventions across Origins work sites
    • Ensuring HSE Governance, facilities (SITE) and regulatory compliance of Origins diverse portfolio of training service providers

    Jenark Business Solutions

    Lead Facilitator - Workforce & Capability Development Consultant 

    July 2013 – August 2014

    August 2016 - Present

     

    Contracted as a senior subject matter expert, I provide workforce and leadership development advice, talent management and sustainability training solutions to organisations committed to improving their cultural climate, team performance and operational capability.

    Specialising in the mining, energy, resources, construction and business services (public service) sectors, I provide clients with broad and diverse workforce development and continuous improvement solutions to support the realisation of business and operational objectives.

    Key activities include:

    • Aligning resource capability, competency requirements, and operations with strategic direction
    • Design and development of capability and competency frameworks
    • Develop and recommend functional role / job profiles for business and technical related roles
    • Mapping of ‘Group roles’ to required competency and job profiles
    • Ensuring HSE compliance through effective site induction, behavioural safety, environmental sustainability and safety leadership training
    • Design and development of quality assurance and continuous improvement solutions to support project and organisation specific learning and compliance requirements
    • Specialist talent management, leadership "Emerging Leaders" programme developer and facilitator for projects within the Australian Public Service


    Recent projects have included capability framing, training compliance projects, leadership and behavioural safety interventions for organisations such as Origin Energy, Monadelphous Limited, Downer EDI, The Australian Air Force (Combat training teams), Berrico Consultants, and the Australian Public Service

    Monadelphous

    Group Learning & Development Advisor 

    2012 – May 2013

     

    Monadelphous Group Limited
    2012 – May 2013
    Learning & Development Advisor - (Contract Role)

    Monadelphous is an ASX listed public company with an international portfolio of world-class engineering and construction projects covering the coal, iron ore, and oil & gas sectors.

    As the Group Learning and Development Advisor I worked across numerous project construction and mining sites and was responsible for the creation and implementation of strategies to ensure that the organisation had access to the skills and competencies required to achieve current and future business outcome. The key focus was to coach and mentor white collar employees and to ensure that they had access to relevant developmental programs required to drive and improve business performance.

    My key responsibilities included:

    • Development and implementation of the organisations white collar (Supervision) competency assessment framework
    • Development of an aligned organisational specific Frontline Management training program to support soft skill and competency requirements
    • Identification and implementation of professional development opportunities and providing coaching, mentoring and retention strategies for white collar employees
    • Special projects also included the development and facilitation of internal training materials to support the effective induction of new Supervisors’ into the Monadelphous culture and safety awareness program (The Safe Way is the Only Way)
    • Providing advice and support in the development of Behavioural Safety Interventions training and larger programs of work to improve safety management and leadership across the organisations many work sites.

    TRAC Consulting Pty Ltd

    General Manager - Workforce Development & Training 

    Oct 1997 – 2012

     

    Key responsibilities:

    • Managed day to day operations and compliance of all company and statutory requirements
    • Assumed full financial accountability and responsibility for business activity and performance
    • Managed and lead a high performance team of skilled trainers, facilitators and L&D administrators
    • Recruitment, selection and induction of talent in alignment with business objectives
    • Contracted recruitment, workforce development and career pathing consultant for many clients across diverse industry sectors
    • Negotiation and preparation of training and business development tenders, funding applications, and subsequent contracts administration.
    • Ensuring operational compliance to the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Standards, auditing compliance and meeting the requirements of our partnering RTO's and TAFE Institutes
    • Project managed numerous high value workforce and talent management, and organisational development contracts on behalf of AusIndustry, The Tourism Industry Council and the QLD Department of Economic Development (DEEDI)
    • Promoting HSE awareness, accountability and responsibility, and encouraging a safe working culture amongst all personnel, contractors and client organisations.
    • Development, facilitation and audit of bespoke training programs particularly in the areas of "peak performance" and "learning culture" development
    • Responsible for internal / external audits, quality assurance and continuous improvement of operational policies and procedures
    • Often engaged as a contracted L&D Advisor, workforce development consultant, leadership development facilitator and executive coach to a diverse range of corporate clients.

    LearningChange International

    Australian Business Partner Lead Facilitator and Best Year Yet (BYY) Performance Coach 

    2004 – Dec 2011

     

    Australian Business Development and Senior Consulting role. Key responsibilities included:


    Facilitation of proprietary workshops including:
    • Advanced Facilitation skills training,
    • Facilitative leadership
    • Facilitating High Performance teams
    • Facilitating Change and Change Readiness
    • The Best Year Yet - Performance Management Program

    Other major projects included:
    • Online (learning portal) development for Queensland Health (Cass) and the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA)
    • Development of e-learning resources and web based communications strategies
    • Instructional design and eLearning pedagogy and consultation across numerous industry sectors
    • Strategic Consulting, including e-business planning, business excellence and risk management across the small business and tourism sectors.

  • MY MOTTO's

     

     

    People will support what they themselves create.

     

    Passionate People Produce!

     

    Nothing Changes...if nothing changes!

     

    Continuous improvement starts with desire and self belief.

     

     

    My personal goal is to 'Maximise Human Potential'

     

     

  • SKILLS

     

    I am an award winning training and workforce development specialist with demonstrated expertise within both blue collar and executive environments, evidenced by a portfolio of client referrals and testimonials across the following developmental areas.

    Leadership Development

     

    Key leadership development projects:

    • QLD Health
    • Australian Public Service - Emerging Leaders Program
    • RAAF Combat Training Teams
    • Visionary Leadership - CMAA
    • Origin Energy
    • Facilitative Leadership - All levels of Government
    • Safety Leadership Programs

    Organizational Development

     

    Key OD initiatives included:

     

    Numerous Change Interventions for

    • Q-Rail
    • QLD Health
    • Tourism Industry Council
    • QLD Govts response to 2011 Floods & Cyclone Yasi
    • Mondelphous
    • Downer EDI
    • Origin Energy
    • The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia

     

    Workshop Facilitation

     

    Lead Facilitator - US Based Facilitation Academy

    •  Facilitative Leadership
    • Facilitating High Performance teams
    • Facilitating Change Program
    • Advanced Facilitator Training Program
    • Fundamentals of Facilitation
    • Numerous  strategic planning interventions with Boards and Executive Management teams

    Competency Based Training

     

    Extensive Experience in:

    • Job Task Analysis
    • Training Needs Analysis
    • Capability Framing
    • Technical Writing * Instructional Design
    • ADDIE & SAM Models
    • Kirkpatrick Model of Evaluation
    • Training & Assessment
    • Training Compliance

     

     

     

    Workforce Engagement Strategy

     

    Broad experience with:

    • Teams Development
    • Employee Empowerment Strategies
    • Building High TRUST Cultures
    • Cultural Change
    • Meeting Facilitation
    • Business Improvement Strategy
    • ToolBox Talks & Pre-starts

     

     

    Peak Performance and Continuous Improvement

    Exposure to and facilitation of:

    • LEAN Principles
    • Sustainability Skillsets
    • Business Continuity
    • Risk Management & Compliance
    • Creating HIGH Performance Cultures
    • Best Year Yet - Performance Coach
  • EDUCATION

     

    VET & Higher Ed.

    INSPIRE Education

     

    Associate Diploma in Work Health & Safety 2013 - 2014

     

    This training qualification teaches you effective health and safety management practices which in the workplace enable you to lead and support the development and implementation of the organisation’s OH&S / WHS Management Systems.

    Facilitation Academy USA / Australia

     

    Certificate IV in Business Facilitation Advanced Facilitation Skills    2004 - 2008

    Through this learning program I was trained in skills that enable me to...

    • Facilitate group discussion and interactions
    • Effectively move people from a position of conflict to collaboration
    • Understand the power and use of advanced questioning techniques
    • Effectively manage conflicts within a team setting
    • Increase the enjoyment and effectiveness of staff training processes
    • Lead structured learning activities using experiential resources
    • Teach, train and facilitate with more confidence
    • Create challenging and safe learning / change implementation environments

    Institute of Business Management

     

    Diploma of Business

    Diploma of Assessment Systems 2003 - 2005

     

    Diploma of Management Learning and Development 2004 - 2005

     

     

      University of Southern Queensland

      Masters of Business Administration (MBA) USQ

       

      Bachelor of Business Communications / Organisational Development  2001 / 2003 Deferred

       

       

      Other VET Qualifications:

      Diploma of Assessment Systems

      Dual Diploma of Vocational Education & Training (2018)
      Diploma of Management
      Diploma of Quality Auditing
      TAE10 - Trainer & Assessor

      Graduate Diploma - Vocational Education - Sustainability
      Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
      Certified Extended DiSC Practitioner
      Certified Conflict Dynamics Facilitator

      Memberships:

      Member of the Association of Training & Development (ATD)
      Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
      Past Fellow – Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators (FAIPF)
      Member - Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM)
      Member - Australian Association for Sustainable Business (AASB)

    • Testimonials

       

      The following testimonials are provided by participants and agency representatives from a number of funded consulting and training interventions I facilitated on behalf of various government agencies and business support services.

      Michael Smith

      Regional Local Area Manager - South West Victoria - Telstra Country Wide

      Mark and the team at TRAC consulting were an integral part of the success of Caloundra City Enterprises. In particular, Mark drove a project called "Growing Creative Businesses" which he successfully delivered across the Sunshine Coast with great business improvement outcomes for all participants.

      Mark is a true character - with a high level of passion and enthusiasm. A creative thought thinker, capable of following through on a project from conception to completion.

      Claire Hubbert

      VET Business/Management/HR Trainer and Consultant

      I have known Mark and Jeanette at Trac Consulting since 2007, when they facilitated the government funded Women in Business course here in the Whitsundays. The six month course was hugely successful. The group has continued to grow and has been a much needed business support group in a small regional area. We have continued with many of initiatives that Mark and Jeanette taught us that inspired leadership and successful management practices.

      Mark and Jeanette are now running another course here in the Whitsundays, the Small Business Online Program initiative by AusIndustry and The Australian Government. Again, I have been very fortunate to be a participant on this course. It is only through Mark and Jeanette’s passion for helping businesses improve that we have been able to tap into the wealth of knowledge that a proactive and professional consulting firm such as Trac Consulting can provide to small businesses in regional areas like the Whitsundays.

      Diane Epps FRCSA

      Account Manager - Executive, Professional, Business Support - Talent Options, Australian Business Solutions Group

      I had the pleasure of being a part of the Caloundra Futures Forum where Mark facilitated and lead a group of Sunshine Coast Business Leaders through detailed strategy and planning sessions. Mark and the team at TRAC consulting were an integral part of the success of this program and the key projects identified. One of these such projects was identifying the skills required to staff the new Hospital at Kawana which has resulted in the University of the Sunshine Coast backing the new Hospital with medical training required to staff the hospital. This will result in school leavers being able to take up relevant medical study courses on the Sunshine Coast and gain on the job training and employment on the Sunshine Coast (rather than leaving the coast) and ensuring their are no areas of skill shortages in staffing the Hospital.

      Mark also managed and facilitated the "Growing Creative Businesses" project which he delivered across the entire Sunshine Coast region to mentor small business to ensure greatly improved business outcomes.

      Without Mark's and TRAC's expertise these and other initiatives would never had come to fruition. I would thoroughly recommend Mark as a great facilitator and innovator who has the ability to help others stretch and to think outside the box uncovering their full potential and to gain extremely successful project and business outcomes.

      Michael Donovan

      iMentor Pro

      I am happy to endorse Mark Jones and his company TRAC following our working together on a large piece of business involving training business-mentors for the SME sector across South East Queensland. The capabilities and capacity of Mark and his team at TRAC to deliver the program and assemble significant client interest across geographically dispersed regions was excellent. Also, TRAC applies innovative and easy-to-use portal technology to interface with remote clients and users.

       

      The high client centric values applied by TRAC under Marks direction differentiate them from the run of the mill provider. The range of training options - from learning how to train better and adding value to courseware are also above average.

      Geoff Butler

      Keynote Speaker and Seminar Facilitator at Business Optimizers

      I have known Mark & Jeanette Jones from TRAC Consulting for the best part of a decade.

       

      Mark has a broad range of skills in project development, skills development and workshop facilitation. He has an eye for detail and customer focus that is well beyond the norm.

       

      I've acted as a workshop facilitator and mentor for programs delivered by Mark and his team, and have always found them to be of the highest order in terms of content and organisation. I would certainly recommend Mark particularly in the areas of teams and culture development, employee engagement within the tourism, hospitality and customer service sectors.

      Samantha Nienow

      Presentation designer who works with CEOs, Executive Directors, and TEDx presenters to make their slides dynamic!

      Mark is a talented facilitator, trainer and strategic planner. He's an excellent "big picture thinker" and is not afraid to help implement ideas that will take good companies to great.

       

      I've also enjoyed working with him because of his great personality and insight he brings to the table. He is always prepared to stretch your thinking and possibilities...a real thought leader prepared to challenge the status quo!

      Scott Breust

      Principal Economic Development Officer at Department of State Develoment Infrastructure & Planning- Regional Services

      Mark is extremely passionate about assisting business to identify training needs and to develop a  learning culture and continuous improvement mindset within an organisation.

       

      Being a finalist in Sunshine Coast Business awards on numerous occasions is testament to Marks reputation and dedication to his career and knowledge in the areas of workforce development and training.

      Kerry Jones

      Senior Contracting Officer at Defence Materiel Organisation - Canberra ACT

      Mark is an experienced adult educator and pubic speaker, particularly in the areas of business improvement and strategy.

       

      A regular visitor to Canberra he often facilitates the "Emerging Leaders" talent development programs on behalf of agencies from within the Australian Public Service. His knowledge and ability to transfer it effectively to learners is unsurpassed!

       

      Brendan Torazzi

      (CEO) - AlertForce Pty Ltd

      I fully recommend Mark Jones – it is rare to see someone with who brings such enthusiasm and initiative to any project. 

       

      Mark’s thorough assessment of our business structures identified the need to redefine our vision and to establish a robust set of values to guide the future decision making and operational practices within the business. Subsequently we have revisited all aspects of employee engagement, established an organisational skills profile and capability framework to support the creation of new position descriptions and performance management tools with a view of supporting a culture of service excellence.


      Mark’s engaging facilitation and communication style was the catalyst for buy-in from all employees and stakeholders. He challenged the status quo and guided us through the required change processes rather seamlessly. Key outputs of this work have enabled us to:

      • Identify the expertise and skills required to grow our business to the next level
      • Review and optimise our systems and processes
      • Create a workforce planning framework to ensure we are able to ‘match talent to task’
      • Design and implement strategies to improve both individual and team effectiveness

      RYAN JONES

      (GM - Apprenticeships & Trades ) - CAG Group

      Mark's diversified skills and broad experience across the training and education sector, embody the' true' industry professional.
       

      His confidence is underpinned by years of engagement with community, business and government groups and his end to end understanding of workforce planning.
       

      Mark’s leadership and mentoring skills produce great value for his stakeholders and enable growth targets and budget outcomes to be achieved by his teams.
       

      A valued friend (no not relative), colleague, ally and mentor

    • LET'S CHAT

      If you would like to discuss opportunities to increase workforce effectiveness, people engagement, leadership training or safety compliance, please contact me through the information links below.

      Phone: +61 (0) 499 143 403

      Newcastle / Hunter Region, NSW . Australia

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