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Bruce Wilson – Training & Education

Bruce Wilson joined MotorSport New Zealand in April in the new Training and Education role.

Motorsport is in Bruce’s blood. His father, also called Bruce, was Chris Amon’s longtime mechanic and the subject of the book ‘The Master Mechanic’ detailing his adventures with Amon.

Bruce took a slightly different career path, first joining the Air Force as an avionics technician from 1995 to 2003 before joining the New Zealand Police in 2003. Bruce became the National Trainer in crash investigation and road policing in 2015. 

Before joining MotorSport New Zealand, Bruce completed a brief stint at Victim Support New Zealand as their Learning and Development Manager. Bruce is also a qualified child restraint technician trainer/assessor.

In the short time Bruce has been with us, he has completed a review of the organisation’s current training processes and started developing a new training programme for our officials. 

Department chiefs and the other key stakeholders were asked to complete a training survey to get a good understanding of their thoughts on the previous training structure and information, what could be improved and how it could be best delivered.

Common feedback from the survey was around the challenges of the old training methods, which were described as disjointed, inconsistent, costly, not easy to access and often geographically challenging or restricting.

Using this feedback, Bruce is developing the new training programme using ‘blended learning’ processes. This means the training content will be hosted online, allowing people to complete the training in their own time, via their preferred device or by printing the resources to read and complete. Face-to-face training sessions will also be introduced in the future.

Officials’ training will be broken down into smaller, bite-size modules and consistently updated so the most recent and relevant information is being taught. Webinars will also complement the written modules to allow face-to-face and interactive training with a relevant subject matter expert, such as a chief of department.

Our goal is to have a well-developed, centralised and flexible training system that offers all officials the same level of training regardless of their location or availability on specific dates. The attainment of this goal will, in time, mean all competitors receive a consistent and high level of service from officials at events.

The first of these new-look training courses for Scrutineers is expected to be ready later this month. Courses for CROs and Clerks of the Course are next on Bruce’s list. In the future, Bruce will also create a Crash Investigators training programme.

Bruce bases his training philosophy around the quote: “You don’t aim or have a goal to build a wall. You lay a brick as perfectly as it can be laid and soon you will have a wall.”

Bruce can be contacted at bruce@motorsport.org.nz or +64 21 466 250.