Qualification: Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical
Host: W McCulloch & Son Hydraulic Engineers Pty Ltd
Callan Ridge began his career in the Engineering Mechanical trade shortly after finishing Year 12. Hosted to W McCulloch & Son Hydraulic Engineers in Bendigo and employed by Australian Industry Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre (Ai Group ATC), he continually impressed his employers, host company, TAFE teachers and won the respect of his peers with his constant willingness and dedication to learn throughout his apprenticeship.
During his apprenticeship Callan studied at night school and completed both the basic and advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses at TAFE, in addition to beginning units in Fluid Power (Hydraulics). All these modules count towards a Diploma in Engineering which he is currently studying.
Through constant hard work and initiative Callan completed his apprenticeship in just 3 years and is now employed as a fully qualified tradesman by W McCulloch & Son.
Highlights of his apprenticeship awards include:
- Best 1st and 2nd stage at TAFE for Apprentice of the Year in Engineering Mechanical
- Finalist in the Construction & Engineering Centre Apprentice of the Year awards at TAFE
- The Manufacturing Engineering and Skills Advisory Board (MESAB) award for Apprentice of the Year
- A participant in the Victorian Government Careers in Manufacturing Ambassador Program
- Attendee at the Today’s Skills Tomorrow’s Leaders Program in Canberra – met the Governor General
- Finalist in the Bendigo Business Excellence Awards for Apprentice of the Year
- Winner of the Rotary Apprentice of the Year
- Winner of the Victorian State Apprentice of the Year.
- Finalist in the National Training Awards held in Canberra
- Australian Industry Group apprentice and Trainee Centre Apprentice of the Year
- Winner of the National Group Training Apprentice of the Year
Over and above the awards and travel experience that Callan achieved throughout his employment with Ai Group ATC, he received various financial incentives amounting to over $20,000.
His relationship with his Ai Group ATC Employment & Training Consultant Ms Frances Constable, Area Manager of the Bendigo region, was always one of mutual respect. This allowed Frances to converse with Callan freely and assist him as a mentor, not just as his Group Training employer. Throughout the years and with Callan’s many achievements Frances and other Ai Group ATC staff had the opportunity to meet Callan’s family, which allowed more insight into this exceptional young man and a genuine friendship has resulted.
“My message to others considering engineering as their career is – be open to receiving as much experience in different aspects of the industry as you can. Your apprenticeship is a foundation from which you build your career. 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 and never lose sight of the bigger picture. Everything you do in your apprenticeship counts towards the end result; being a qualified, skilled, sought-after tradesperson. “
“Callan is one of what we call our ‘McCullochs Rising Stars’. He exhibited all the skills and ability of many of our tradesman when only in the third year of his apprenticeship. Callan is able to follow instructions easily and retain skills and information to use on later projects. He has an excellent work ethic and an eye for quality that is well beyond his years. He is an exceptional young man and a deserving role model for other young people to follow. We see a long and rewarding career path for Callan at McCullochs.”
Managing Director – W McCulloch & Son