Frank Mitchell

Being offered an electrical apprenticeship was a defining moment in Franks life. Frank has been a part of Wilco Electrical since the company's inception in 2006. He started as an apprentice and his technical skill, managerial ability, and leadership aptitude saw him move quickly from electrician, to site supervisor, to project manager then into co-owner and director.

As a Whadjuk-Yued descendant, Frank understands that with opportunity comes responsibility. Under Franks direction, Wilco now aspires to more than business-as-usual and is focused on system change, promoting social responsibility and sustainability.

In November 2016, determined to pay forward the same kind of opportunities and experiences that transformed his life, Frank made a pledge to create 20 electrical apprenticeships by 2020 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. Fostering and consistently nurturing a healthy company culture is critical to this goals success. As of December 2020, Frank achieved his pledge. This story is less about numbers, it is about spreading the message that, no matter our position we can all contribute to creating a better Australia.

In addition to his career at Wilco, Frank co-founded Blazing Swan Inc in 2013. A not-for-profit arts and community based event now in its ninth year. Over the last eight years, he volunteered positions of treasurer (2015) and art director (2014-18). Frank was also a Burning Man USA Regional Contact from 2013-2020.

Frank stepped down from Blazing Swan committee 2018 and BM USA commitments in 2020 to pursue his interests in delivering meaningful skilled based outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by cofounding and directing Kardan Construction and Baldja RKW