Lucas Kickett, from Narrogin in Western Australia, is an apprentice in Heavy Metal Fabrication at Polytechnic West and works for McDougall Weldments.
Lucas was the first Aboriginal person to take out Polytechnic West’s mainstream award for Apprentice of the Year, going on to receive the 2009 Geoff Gale Award for Student of the Year.
As a basketball coach in his spare time, Lucas tells teenagers to “get a certificate, get some dollars and get respect”. His words echo those of his own late mother, who was his inspiration. She said, “Work hard to achieve your goals.”
If Lucas Kickett’s mum were here today, she would be proud to see the fine example he has set for all Indigenous school kids and apprentices.