Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
A boyhood dream becomes a dream career
Unlike many of his peers in high school who had no idea what they wanted to do on leaving school, Ryan McLucas knew from the age of nine that he wanted to be a fitter and turner.
“It’s in my DNA,” said Ryan. “With four generations of the family in the trade I’ve been headed into an apprenticeship since I was a very young age. And I’m so glad it’s been that way for me—I love it.”
Ryan began his Certificate III at the end of Year 11 and went on to complete his apprenticeship through Central Queensland University while working at NRG Gladstone Power Station. He thoroughly enjoyed his training, finding the combination of theory and practical training an ideal way to learn. “I’m a real hands-on learner and aside from my formal training really appreciated having access to a number of tradespeople who passed on tips that you won’t find in any text book,” he said.
Ryan’s advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship is to be able to learn from others, and not to be afraid to make mistakes. “I know from experience that you learn a lot more from your mistakes than from doing it right every time. Even if you get it wrong 10 times you’ll get there in the end and how you got there will stick in your mind.”
As an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Ryan says he loves being in a position to encourage others. “I always want to put my hand up to help someone else. I’m passionate about what I do and about keeping skills going through the next generation.
“As someone who couldn’t have wished for a better start in my working life I would always recommend an apprenticeship to someone who doesn’t know what they want to do and isn’t particularly enjoying school. There’s such a variety of fields to work in there is bound to be something for everyone. And the great thing about an Australian Apprenticeship is that it is recognised worldwide so you can take your skills anywhere. It’s the best thing you could possibly have.”