20 by 2020
20 Aboriginal Apprentices by 2020
In November 2016, Whadjuk Noongar man Frank Mitchell made the ambitious pledge to create 20 aboriginal electrical apprenticeships by 2020.
"My apprenticeship represented a hand up, and opportunity to work hard and be self-determined. My life transformed because someone was willing to give me a chance. Now we need other business leaders to give us that same chance, so we can turn one opportunity into many"
It was this personal experience of Frank's that inspired us, the team at Wilco, to pay forward that same opportunity others.
Our goal, to provide 20 Aboriginal apprentices with the opportunity to learn valuable skills and earn the title of tradesmen, does more than award apprenticeships and put money in the bank. It creates pride and determination. Not only to the apprentices, but their families, children and communities. That is the kind of social change we want to inspire.
"The legacy of Australia's first people needs to be transformed. There continues to be a huge gap in equity between Australian people. I have learned that it's not what you look like or what you say, it's what you do that counts. Regardless of our circumstances, we all have something to give".