Chippie turns sparky, wins top accolade
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.