From the classroom to JBA’s learning and development team – Katy Tunney

Did you know there are many different career opportunities at JBA? We are scientists, engineers, environmental consultants, software developers and designers – we’re also marketers, trainers, accountants, payroll specialists and many more.

And because we have such a diverse range of professional opportunities here at JBA, there are lots of different ways you can find your career with us. This week we’ve been catching up with Katy Tunney, JBA’s external training course coordinator to find out how she moved from secondary school teaching to joining JBA’s Learning and Development (L&D) team.

I joined the Learning and Development team in July 2020, after leaving my career as a secondary school art teacher – in the middle of a global pandemic. At first, I was anxious to begin something new, especially as the world adjusted to new ways of working. However, JBA’s one-team ethos and the support of my colleagues enabled me to quickly settle into my new role. I think that is one of my favourite things about working for JBA, the people and the continued support offered. It’s a lovely place to work.

When I accepted the job, I was thrilled at the prospect of working within the L&D department, as I felt I had a lot of transferable skills from my teaching role that I was keen to put into practice to benefit the team. I’m now responsible for the coordination of our external training offering, working with clients to determine their training needs and organising our trainers to deliver the work. My role provides me with an opportunity to speak with clients from all over the country (and beyond!), which makes each day different and incredibly interesting.

I also work with our course trainers to develop both our virtual and face-to-face training courses, exploring strategies for engagement and drawing on my experience of different learning styles to create a positive experience for the learner. I’m often the first point of contact for the delegates attending our courses, and I really enjoy being able to support the entire process from client enquiry to completion of the training, helping delegates with any queries and supporting their learning experience with us.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first two years at JBA and I’m excited to work on more training projects in the future.

Want to know more?

Click here for the full list of training courses delivered by our Learning and Development team.

Find out more about a career with JBA on our website.



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