HEATHCOTE’S Colin Humphrey made his town and family proud at the recent Bendigo Tafe Apprentice and Industry Awards Night, by taking out the Engineering-Mechanical Best First Year Apprentice.
Colin commuted from Heathcote to Bendigo Senior Secondary for schooling, and in his last year took on a school-based apprenticeship as a fitter machinist at Bendigo Air & Hydraulics.
“He was in his engineering class and some people from Bendigo Air & Hydraulics came around to the class, apparently the teacher pointed straight at Colin and said ‘there’s your man’,” Colin’s father, Miles Humphrey, said.
During the apprenticeship, Colin attended Bendigo Senior four days a week — on Thursdays he would head to his new role to learn the craft.
After he finished his schooling, Colin began working full time, and his father said that didn’t worry him one bit.
“He just loves it, loves going to work and enjoys what he does — he gets along well with his colleagues and has a great boss so the move into full-time work for him has been a breeze.
“Obviously sometimes he comes home filthy and knackered from a tough day, but then after spending all day working he will come home and head out to my shed to continue on his own little projects.”
The nomination for this type of award has to come from either a work colleague or an employer, so it is obvious Colin has been impressing in his new role.
“We had no idea. About a month ago he got an email saying he had been nominated for it and it was a complete surprise.
“We are just really proud of him and his achievements.”