Author Archive: Garry Thomas

Commencing as a Skills Adviser with Ai Group in March 2015, Garry Thomas has over 35 years’ experience in the Employment, Education and Training Sector. He previously spent seven years as a strategic business consultant in Workforce Planning; two years as CEO of a national consortium of TAFE institutes; 10 years as CEO of a large Australian Apprenticeships Centre and the ‘Tools for Your Trade’ program; and 20 years with the Commonwealth Government’s Employment and Education Departments specialising in industry programs and training funding.

Can you combat your competition with a skills development strategy?

An Ai Group member recently expressed concern about its ability to retain its ‘preferred supplier’ status. A medium-sized manufacturer and exporter of high precision, high tolerance injection moulding dies, the member was facing strong competition from cheaper, lower quality overseas producers. In…
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