For 18 years David has been Etco’s Regional Training Manager for the Wellington region. His responsibilities include providing technical training for apprentices and overseeing tutors at 27 locations. He provides extra support for students struggling with coursework and teaches block courses for overseas electricians. He has recently been appointed Learning Support Manager for New Zealand.
David is the embodiment of Etco’s commitment to provide pastoral care for its apprentices and students. An Industry manager said, “David is just amazing, one of a kind; he eats, sleeps and lives training. He will never leave work till the last trainee is helped”.
His extensive network throughout the industry means that he has recruited almost all of the part time evening class tutors in his region. Whether to one person, five or 500, David is a highly effective teacher. A former tutor wrote on social media: “… great catch-up with the Etco prophet David Barnes – an unbridled passion for teaching, that man.”