Employer of Choice
As an Employer of Choice, Alcoa is committed to the work/ life blend, diversity, employee engagement programs, maintaining a strong safety record, as well as employee volunteering initiatives.
Training and Professional Development
Alcoa provides individuals with the opportunity to develop their skills and grow as professionals. In 2010 we invested more than $12.2 million on training.
Our training program investment is double the national average, with 5% of payroll spent on training annually.
Training programs we support focus on industry and job skills, people skills, management skills, health and safety, and the environment.
We also encourage employees to improve professional skills through external study, or by acquiring additional qualifications. Alcoa’s Education Tuition Aid Policy supports employees by providing time-off and financial support for approved courses. Alcoa also takes a collaborative approach to sharing learnings and technology which deliver environmental benefits to industry and the community.
One of Alcoa’s successful employee engagement initiatives is the ‘Employee Suggestion Scheme’. This program offers employees cash incentives if they come up with smart ideas for the business.
Our philosophy is that we have a more productive and engaged workforce if our people are encouraged to make suggestions for business improvements and, in turn, are listened to by management. Each year, on average, we accept in excess of 10,000 suggestions.
Alcoa has also developed a greenhouse footprint reduction program in partnership with Greening Australia which is available to all Alcoa employees and their families. Make an Impact features an online energy and water use calculator enabling our people to track their greenhouse emissions and made small changes to their homes and lifestyles that make a big environmental difference. We run regular Make an Impact workshops across our sites, where employees can pick up extra energy and water saving tips. There are a host of other benefits in being involved in Make an Impact. To learn more visit www.alcoa.com.au/makeanimpact.
Community engagement is critical to how we do business, and we reward our people for supporting the communities where they live and work.
Alcoa matches employees’ volunteer time with grants to their chosen not-for-profit organisations. In 2010, those organisations received more than US$400,000 in community funding. This is funding that’s in addition to Alcoa’s regular community partnership program.
Read more about community volunteering at Alcoa.
We have one of the lowest lost workday injury rates in Australia – our performance is better than the mining, construction, agriculture, forestry and fishing and even retail trade industries.
Read more about safety management at Alcoa.
Turnover & Return-to-Work Rates
Alcoa’s turnover rate nationally remains low.
By way of example, our turnover rate for WA Operations (excluding retirements) in 2010 was 4.69%, and our turnover rate for the WA unionised workforce (excluding retirements) was 3.9%.
The turnover rate for Engineers and Planners combined (only taking into account those leaving to go to other companies) in 2010 was 8.2% nationally for Alcoa of Australia, 5.9% for WA, and 7.6% for Vic Ops.
We believe our low turnover rate means our people think Alcoa is a great place to work.
Alcoa’s return to work rates following maternity leave remain high at around 90% and data suggests our ability to offer part-time work for women returning from maternity leave has had a significant impact on the retention of women.