Off to a winning start

Dean Callan was named Apprentice of the Year by bosses at SELECT Member business TClarke, which also saw him awarded a place on their Future Leaders Programme

By Stephanie Koetsier

Why did you want to become an electrician? I’ve always liked working with my hands and technology. My dad also works in the construction industry so when I told him about my interests, he suggested being an electrician. I’d also done a short course in high school called Practical Electronics, and I enjoyed working with electricity, building something and watching it work at the end. I tied the two together and that’s why I’m here.

How did you fi nd your apprenticeship? I really enjoyed it. It gives you a wide insight into the industry so that by the end of it you’ve got your trade but you also have a general idea of what direction you want to go down. It does have its diffi cult moments, but so does everything!

Was the college training what you expected? I expected to learn how to wire a house

or an installation and connect it all up, but it was quite good to then see what happens behind the scenes too, like what happens in the offi ce, quantity surveying, take-off sheets and the design side of things. It was good to see all the things that you don’t often see on a site and gain experience in it.

What did you enjoy the most and was anything challenging? I think the project part of it was probably the most challenging just because there’s so much you have to do in quite a limited space of time. But it’s probably also the most enjoyable part, because by the end of it you’ve got this big portfolio of drawings that you’ve designed yourself and you’ve also gained experience in things like pricing the job and testing. That was great to have and look back on at all that you’ve achieved.

How about on site? I started off as a 16-year-old in retail, so coming out onto a building site is a culture shock. You’re getting up early in the morning and working hard but the


NAME: Dean Callan AGE: 25 POSITION: Recently qualifi ed electrician WORKS: TClarke STUDIES: Forth Valley College, Falkirk HOBBIES: Sergeant in Royal Air Force Air Cadets, delivering training and opportunities to young people in his local town of Denny

guys look after you. My supervisor Barry Scott and my tradesman at the time, James McMilan, were two really good, knowledgeable guys who showed me the trade and showed me as much as they could. Barry still supports me as my supervisor now, so it’s been really good.

Has there been anything about the job that’s surprised you? I think once you’ve done your time as an apprentice and you’re going out it’s quite surprising that an electrician is just given a site and that’s it. You’ll maybe see your supervisor once or twice a week,

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