Chairman’s Award to talented Melbourne apprentice

Leading Melbourne-based hydraulic and pneumatic engineering service company McCulloch Hydraulics was the venue for the 2010 AiGTS Chairman’s Award earlier this year.

And Callan Ridge, a talented engineering apprentice employed by McCulloch, was the proud recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

McCulloch’s staff, AiGTS management, Callan’s parents and the odd TV camera attended the lunchtime presentation to Callan.

Callan began his Engineering Mechanical Apprenticeship in December 2007 and completed his training in December 2010.

On his apprenticeship journey, Callan was selected to receive the following awards:

  • 2008 Best 1st Year Apprentice – Engineering Mechanical Department (BRIT)
  • 2009 Top 2nd Year Engineering Mechanical Apprentice (BRIT)
  • 2010 Youth Industry Ambassador – Careers in Manufacturing
  • 2010 Finalist – Bendigo Business Excellence Award
  • 2010 Apprentice of the Year Award – Manufacturing & Engineering Skills Advisory Board (MESAB)
  • 2010 Victorian Apprentice of the Year – Australian Training Awards
  • 2010 National Apprentice of the Year – Australian Training Awards
  • 2010 Attended (5 day) Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, Canberra
  • 2011 AiGTS State Award (Vic/Tas)
  • 2011 AiGTS Chairman’s Award

“I respect and value my supervisor’s knowledge and skills and am always interested in learning new things, says Callan. “Your apprenticeship is a foundation from which you build your career,” he says.

Callan’s advice to other apprentices is to do extra study at night school in areas you enjoy to further open up your options and commit yourself to learning as much as you can.

“Set your goals high both at work and at TAFE, he says. “Everything you do in your
apprenticeship counts towards the end result – being qualified and a skilled, sought-after tradesperson.”

Being educated and having a wide experience base is an attraction for employer – especially in sectors experiencing skills shortages, says Callan.

Callan is a prime example of what can be achieved when a young person is given an
opportunity to shine.

He still retains a quiet unassuming nature but now has a real career path ahead of him.

The AiGTS and his employers are confident he will become a real driving force in the future of McCullochs.

AiGTs executives congratulated McCulloch Hydraulics who, over many years, have hosted AiGTS apprentices and have developed an excellent training culture within the organisation.

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