Garry Brown – Operations Manager
Group Training & Development Ltd
Garry joined GTD Ltd in 2012 as the Training Manager. He currently is responsible for the management and mentoring of over 60 apprentices working in Employer Member Companies across North Devon. These employers cover various industry sectors such as Aerospace, Electronics, Marine, Defence and many more. The employers also cover a multitude of skills, including welding and fabrication, manufacturing, electronics, mechanical engineering, product testing etc. Garry is responsible for Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance.
Garry began his engineering career in 1976 at Barnstaple based Ayres and Grimshaw Ltd., where he completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.
In 1984 he joined J&S Marine Ltd (now SEA) as a Mechanical Engineer, working on MOD/Naval projects, instrument fitting/assembly and Weapons testing. He was promoted to Senior Supervisor of the department, and continued his employment there until 1995.
In 1995 Garry moved to Bideford-based AMP Ltd (later to become Tyco Electronics). His role started in the Toolroom – manufacturing precision Mould and Press tool parts. He was appointed as Senior Technician – building and commissioning Highspeed Progression Press tools.
In 2006 Garry’s career path changed and he took on the role of Training Officer, responsible for the management and supervision of the “in house” training programme for Tyco’s apprentices (on the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship programmes), building an extremely successful Training centre.