Wilco Electrical and Blazing Swan
Frank Mitchell says the courage to fail is a prerequisite to success. Mr Mitchell is a proud Noongar who has built Wilco Electrical into a successful contracting business while also being a co-founder, committee member and art director of Blazing Swan Inc. He grew up in state housing in a rural community where drugs and depression were common. Out of his three best mates growing up, tragically only one is alive today. Alcohol related car accident age 17 and suicide age 19. His turning came when he was offered an electrical apprenticeship. Mr Mitchell says it was his personal experiences that inspired him to make the ambitious pledge to create 20 aboriginal electrical apprenticeships by 2020. In tandem with running Wilco, he has helped build Blazing Swan into a successful not-for-profit organisation that has year-round community engagements.