This month: Clement O’Donovan, workforce development advisor, Middlesbrough Social Services
How long have you been in this job?
I have worked in the training unit since 1980.
How long have you been with your organisation?
I have almost 28 years’ continuous service.
What does your role involve?
I am responsible for the training and development of more than 1,100 employees who either provide direct social care services or manage and support care work.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The dedication of the people I work with.
What’s the worst thing about your job?
My 90-mile round trip drive every day. I live in the Durham Dales and I estimate my return journey over the years is almost equivalent to a trip to the moon and back.
What is your current major project or strategic push?
Applying the new Social Care National Training Strategy to the entire workforce. The strategy is a challenging but much-needed initiative.
As Tony Blair would say, "Development, Development, and Development".
"Clem, we are going to raise your salary" (which I have never heard).
Most loathed buzzwords
Are you good at self-development?
I need no encouragement. Individual learning is a very good personal example of perpetual motion.
What self-development have you done in the past six months?
I have taught myself how to use PowerPoint and am slowly becoming an Internet anorak.
Where do you want to be in five years’ time?
Still doing the 90-mile round trip to the room with "Workforce Development" over the door.
What was your most useful learning experience?
Becoming a father to two daughters taught me a great deal about women’s rights and equal opportunities.
What was the worst course you ever went on?
I don’t believe there is such a thing. You can learn even from a bad course or experience - you just have to look and think more beyond the experience.
What did you want to do when you left school?
At 15 I wanted to become a driving instructor. Perhaps that showed my naïveté but my careers advisor was eve