Interview with a Coolphase Electrical Graduate

Interview with a Coolphase Electrical Graduate

Mitcham completed his electrical apprenticeship with Coolphase in 2017. In 2018 he was the lead electrician at the Coles Ripley new store refrigeration installation. When I took our photographer through the plant room of the store, he, like I couldn’t believe that a first year technician had co-ordinated a team of staff and produced this level of quality. I asked Mitcham a few questions about his apprenticeship:

What did getting an apprenticeship mean to you?

I always wanted an apprenticeship after school but the opportunity just never came because I was doing a few other things with sport straight out of school and it just made it too hard. So when the opportunity came at Coolphase I was grateful for it, because I started a bit later and appreciated it a bit more I think.

Who was your greatest mentor throughout your time?

There was no real main mentors because you work with everyone and everyone will do things different ways so when your time comes you can pick what works best for you. It’s a good bunch of blokes so it’s always a laugh on site.

What is the funniest moment you've enjoyed while working at Coolphase (that you can share)?

We were working away in Bundaberg and one of the other electrical apprentices Ollie left his boots behind at the site one day, so I picked them up thinking I’ll just give them to him when we get back home. Ollie was about half way home when he realised he’d forgotten his boots and raced back to site to pick them up only to find they weren’t there. He was about to buy a new pair when I got home and saw he wasn’t so thought I’d text him to let him know I had them. That was when he told me he had got a speeding fine trying to get back to the site before it was locked off.

What do you see as your greatest achievement, now you have completed your apprenticeship and worked as an extremely talented technician?

Probably just running Ripley Coles. I wanted to do it, I was keen and I enjoyed it, I had a lot of good help which always makes it easier, but I enjoyed that.

Where do you see your awesomely bright future taking you?

I really have no idea, I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I’ve been able to achieve a few things outside of work thanks to the work we do at Coolphase so I’m grateful for that and I’ll just go with things and see where it takes me.

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