Trainer Showcase: Des Ruru

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Regional Training Manager Lower South Island


There’s nothing more rewarding than making a positive contribution to workplace safety in Otago and Southland. That’s according to Otepoti (Dunedin) local and Safety ‘n Action’s Lower South Island Regional Training Manager Des Ruru.

During his 11 years with the organisation, Des has taught thousands of Kiwi workers how to keep themselves - and their colleagues – safe. And he has no plans of slowing down any time soon.

“If I can engage individuals, influence attitudes and impart knowledge on the importance of health and safety then I have done a small part of my job,” says Des, who in his current role, is considered to be a “pillar” for the wider training group.

“I have been a trainer, lead trainer, team leader and now a regional training manager. I love the variety that comes with building client relationships and delivering vital health and safety training across such a wide scope of courses.  Safety ‘n Action is definitely the right fit for me and I’m looking forward to being part of the journey that lies ahead.”

But Des’s enthusiasm for training and keeping people safe existed well before he joined New Zealand’s leading health and safety training provider. A former trainer/assessor for the Royal New Zealand Navy and Fire Service, he has also worked in Adult Education doing everything from physical education and recreational training through to business management tutoring. This work has equipped him with a veritable toolbox of skills that he is now using to transform New Zealand’s workplace health and safety culture one business at a time.

“Training is the backbone of this business and the importance of our work really hits home when we see companies making small but positive steps towards improving their workplace health and safety.”