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".
Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health (FISH)
Wilco have committed to donating 10% of its profits to support FISH
"Healthy spirit, heart, mind and body, Healthy families, community, and land.”
FISH was originally established to address the severe housing crisis in Indigenous communities throughout Australia.
Acknowledging Aboriginal people have a living spiritual, cultural, familial and social connection with country, FISH now seeks to bring healing to the spirit, heart, mind, body and land to help create healthy people and communities.
We aim to develop sustainable health through community based programmes providing learning experiences in life skills, personal development, and creative initiatives.
FISH aims to provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to share their wisdom and insights to the boarder community to teach people how to connect and care for each other and for country, whilst closing the gap and breaking generational cycles of poverty, trauma, and engagement with the justice system.
‘TEACH A PERSON TO FISH’
OUR VALUED CLIENTS
The quality of our service and competitive pricing is reflected by our growing number of Clientele
Contracted under BMD
Kwinana Freeway Widening
Supply and installation of pits, conduit, switchboards, cabling and light poles.
West Australian Police
Supply and installation of Solar PV, LED Lighting and Zero Mass Water Source Units
Multiple site energy efficiency audits and product solution installations such as Solar PV, LED lighting upgrades and Solar PV installations at various Police Stations across Perth metro including heritage listed East Perth HQ building.
Supply and installation of 2 HV Voltage Optimisation Transformers
Shutdown and removal of 2 x 40+
year old active HV Transformers. Supply and install 2 x Powerstar™ HV Max Voltage Optimisers transformers.
Since commission date both HV Max units have saved over 2000 tonnes of C02 in efficiency’s and substantially
reduced energy consumption due to Voltage Optimisation technology. Payback on investment: 2.7 years
Swan Group & Valmont
$2.2M total for all four H & M stores
Supply and installation of electrical,
lighting and communication services for H&M stores.
Federal Government Call Centre (Business name withheld by request)
5 level building fit out in CBD. Supply
and install electrical, lighting, communications and 500 kVA diesel back-up generator for critical services.
Department of Finance: Building, Maintenance & Works (BMW)
Department Finance Building Northam - LED Lighting upgrade
Supply and installation of LED Lighting
during business hours whilst building occupational. Scheduled gas release limiting install times.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Perth
Armoury security, electrical and
lighting + four level refurbishment inclusive of electrical, lighting, Cat 6A communications and Type 1A Gallagher
100kW Solar PV for Main Roads Engineering Branch, Welshpool
Supply and install 100kW Solar PV
monitored system. Installation was uniquely restricted to specific times in accordance to scheduled fume ventilation
and gas release.
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Director's Frank Mitchell and Tim Bidstrup work with an executive team combining a total of 100 years experience
in the construction industry across Australia.
Since his first exposure to the electrical industry as a 14 year old, Frank has aspired to bigger and better things. Joining Wilco electrical as an apprentice 6 months after the inception of the company, Frank’s technical skills and natural ability to manage and lead a team, has seen him rise through the ranks to the position of Company Director.
Frank’s experience liaising with a number of high profile National Clients to successfully manage the rollout of refurbishment and new construction sites across the state, has given him the skills and commercial acumen to successfully lead the company into the future. Frank is an Indigenous business leader and role model, Frank is looking forward to managing and developing relationships and opportunities to take Wilco into a bright future.
With over 25 years’ experience in large scale Electrical Construction in both the commercial and mining sector; Tim brings a wealth of experience in the management and delivery of projects safely and on time, while maintaining the highest quality standards.
Tim’s experience in all aspects of Project Management and HSEQ involved with the delivery of some of WA’s largest construction projects, including Fiona Stanley Hospital , BHP City Square and Coles RDC, gives him the skill set to work collaboratively with Clients and Consultants to achieve the best possible result for all stakeholders.
When our dedicated tradespersons, apprentices and administration staff join forces with our executive team, quality and service is delivered on every single project.