Chip­pie turns sparky, wins top ac­co­lade

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Wad­dell

Derby’s Bret­ter­son Beck­ett may truly be the text­book def­i­ni­tion of “jack of all trades”.

Over the past year, the fully qual­i­fied car­pen­ter has shifted his fo­cus to be­com­ing a sparky and was quick to gar­ner recog­ni­tion.

Mr Beck­ett, an em­ployee of the ac­claimed Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal, was pre­sented the 2018 first year ap­pren­tice prize at last month’s WA Na­tional Elec­tri­cal and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­so­ci­a­tion Awards, recog­nis­ing the State’s best in the in­dus­try.

When the Kim­ber­ley tradie ac­cepted his award in front of more than 550 guests in Perth re­cently he said he was grate­ful for the ac­knowl­edge­ment. “It is an hon­our to be here amongst the best and bright­est elec­tri­cal ap­pren­tices WA has to of­fer,” he said in his ac­cep­tance speech.

“Be­fore I be­gan this ap­pren­tice­ship I was in a ca­reer limbo, bored with the mun­dane tasks and look­ing for some­thing more ex­cit­ing.

“I re­turned to my home town in WA’s far north, where I was given an op­por­tu­nity with Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal to be­gin my new jour­ney.”

Mr Beck­ett said he prided him­self on be­ing a role model for the indige­nous com­mu­nity.

“Be­ing an Abo­rig­i­nal ma­tureage ap­pren­tice, my am­bi­tion is to show other indige­nous peo­ple in my com­mu­nity that it doesn’t mat­ter where you are from or how old you are, any­thing is pos­si­ble,” he said.

Wat­tnow owner Plue Plowright said Mr Beck­ett had been a stand­out per­former for the com­pany.

“We can hon­estly say that em­ploy­ing Bret­ter­son was one of the best things we have done as a busi­ness,” she said.

Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal em­ployee Bret­ter­son Beck­ett won the first year ap­pren­tice ac­co­lade at the NECA Awards re­cently.

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