Regional France to Whyalla sea change
Published: 5th September 2012
RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (South Australia) has appointed Tim Coote as its Employment and Skills Development Manager.
Employment and skills development are a key priority for RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula. Mr Coote is planning to work closely with local industry to develop and implement employment, workforce planning and development initiatives.
Mr Coote is new to Whyalla, though he is not new to the region. Coming back after 15 years away he is aware of how much the region has changed.
“The thing that strikes me immediately is the difference in activity,” Mr Coote told the Whyalla News.
“Everywhere seems much busier than before, the towns look much more different and there’s obviously been a lot of infrastructure work and a lot of projects which have gone ahead. “It’s like I’m seeing the place for the first time.”
Mr Coote originally went to France 15 years ago to study painting as a Ruth Tuck Scholar with Ted Seth Jacobs who was a lecturer from the New York Academy of Arts and who had a studio in France.
After some time, Mr Coote digressed from the arts and worked in training programs with the City of Cholet in the Loire Valley in France, where he successfully established and operated a registered training company.
Mr Coote saw the role at RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula advertised and thought it was “too good to pass up”.
“I’ve been looking to come back to the Eyre Peninsula for quite some time,” Mr Coote said “When the opportunity came up, it corresponded with what I was doing.”
Mr Coote has moved to Whyalla by himself for the time being to start the new role. His wife and son will be joining him in the months to come.
Mr Coote has now been in the role for a month and is pounding the pavement, meeting and greeting businesses and organisations in a bid to familiarise himself with Whyalla’s industry.
“I really thought it was a good first step to get out of the office and meet people face to face and see what people’s concerns are and their opinions and ideas are,” Mr Coote said.
He has been encouraged by the amount of planned commercial activity that he believes will be a challenge and an exciting opportunity for Whyalla.
For more information, visitr RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula website.
(Pictured above) Tim Coote, the newly appointed Employment and Skills Development Manager at RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Photo taken by Rebecca Opie from Whyalla News.