Meet Ricky Reynolds 

Welcome to the third edition of WesTrac Apprentice Talk, a new series of interviews with apprentices. Every year WesTrac takes on more than 30 new apprentices. In this interview we chat with Ricky Reynolds, a 39-year old mature age first year apprentice currently in training at WesTrac Tomago.

A WesTrac apprenticeship is a dynamic learning experience where you get the opportunity to work in world class facilities with onsite, nationally accredited training through the WesTrac Institute.

Ricky Reynolds

Why did you want to become an apprentice at WesTrac?

Having already worked at WesTrac for over five years as a Tradesman's Assistant, I have seen the career opportunities available. The possibilities for growth and development are huge - for people of all ages.

Why WesTrac specifically? There is a great safety culture here and a strong sense of mateship, right across the business - it really does feel like one big WesTrac family.

What are you most looking forward to in the apprentice program?

I'm looking forward to learning a whole range of new skills that will enable me to confidently work on the huge range of Caterpillar machines in the industry. I've seen co-workers do this for years and now felt like the right time to take the next step in my career.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned since starting the program?

Nothing can prepare you for the sheer size of the Cat machines you get to work on, especially the mining equipment. A single machine could be as big as a small house. Working on equipment like that is both challenging and exciting.

Also, just how big the work opportunities are due - WesTrac is a big company with over 3,000 employees, career progression and upskilling are a big part of the culture here.

If you could give future apprentices one piece of advice, what would it be?

Listen and learn to the vast wealth of knowledge that is available to you. Always be willing to put your hand up and participate. Don't be afraid to ask questions.