Appointment of new Training and Development Manager
Michela Deegan recently joined Johnsons Apparelmaster in the role of Training and Development Manager. Managing Director Peter Egan believes that Michela’s extensive experience of running her own learning and development consultancy, working with leading clients in the manufacturing, professional services and retail sectors, "will be a key pillar in supporting the company with its ambitions for continued business growth."
Michela was attracted to the role by "the unique culture of the business and the clear evidence in Johnsons Apparelmaster of real succession planning. There are many fantastic examples of people being supported through the company from factory floor to senior management level: something that is often talked about but not often put into practice in many other organisations."
With a passion for performance management and coaching, and a masters degree in human resources development, Michela aims to build on Johnsons Apparelmaster’s strengths and achievements in learning and development, with relevant external expertise, to develop strategies which add value to the business and support the bottom line. She commented: "We will continue to build employee confidence, skills and knowledge, delivering training and development in every area of the company at the right time and in the right way to make learning attractive and accessible. I am also looking forward to taking a proactive role in driving staff development forward and to contributing to the strong culture of continuous improvement that is integral to Johnsons Apparelmaster."
She takes over the role from the retiring Training and Development Manager David Kinson who, during his 30-year career with the company, introduced online learning, giving remote learners access to up to date training content; introduced the comprehensive health and safety training programme where every new employee receives accredited training; helped to introduce the expanding Johnsons Academy to develop the company’s talent pipeline; and expanded the use of psychometric testing within the business to improve recruitment and team working. Working with other industry experts, David was fundamental in the development of the first specific National Vocational Qualification for Laundry Operatives and recently contributed, as part of the small Trailblazer Group which is currently developing the standards, to the new Textile Care Operatives Apprenticeship.