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Alcoa - Employer of Choice for Women
 
In early 2010 Alcoa of Australia was very proud to be named an ‘Employer of Choice for Women’ by the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) for the ninth consecutive year.
 
On accepting the award, Alcoa’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg said encouraging diversity and providing opportunities for women to realise their career potential had been pivotal to improving the company’s sustainability and success.
 
“This confirms my conviction that by developing an organisational culture that provides our employees with the opportunity to succeed professionally and maintain a work/life balance, we all benefit – both individually and as a business,” he said.
 
“Culture change at Alcoa is built on a number of workplace policies such as paid parental leave, part-time work, job sharing, work at home arrangements and strategic recruitment.  These are regularly reviewed to improve workplace inclusiveness and flexibility for all employees.”
 
“And by addressing barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce we are implementing work practices that have the potential to benefit all our employees. This is becoming particularly important as we are seeing different generational expectations as baby boomers begin to retire and generation Y continue to enter the workforce.”
 
Mr. Cransberg said Alcoa had made significant progress on providing career opportunities for women.  Currently around 29 percent of managers at Alcoa are women, 11% of the Australian workforce are female as are 43% of our Corporate employees.

Future Women of Industry

Alcoa runs a ‘Future Women of Industry’ scholarship program for schoolgirls seeking a non-traditional career path.  It aims to introduce these young women to the industry, and show them a range of occupations they may not otherwise consider.  It continues to open doors to the mining and metals industry, therefore new opportunities that they would not otherwise consider.
 
Now in its 12th year, the scholarship program has graduated more than 450 students from 23 different schools. Many of these girls have gone on to work within industry – something they may never have considered prior to this unique opportunity offered by Alcoa.
 
A Networking Night is held annually, specifically aimed at bringing together Alcoa’s current and future women of industry so they can meet other young women considering a similar career path, and meet those already in these careers, and learn from them, as well as forging new networks that may become a useful resource during studies and early career development.
 

Alcoans in the Community - John Twaddle
 
Congratulations to Willowdale mine employee John Twaddle who recently received a prestigious Volunteer Emergency Services Award.

John has worked tirelessly for his local community as the captain of the Waroona Fire Brigade since 1998 and was rewarded when he was presented with the FESA Bob Mitchell Award. The award recognises personal integrity and commitment to community.

He has been involved in the Waroona Fire Brigade since 1964 and has helped protect the community by fighting fires both in WA and interstate.

John is no stranger to receiving awards. In 1998 he was named the inaugural bush fire fighter of the year and in 1999 he received the Australian Fire Service Medal. John has also been awarded life membership of the Waroona Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Alcoa is proud to support employees in their local communities through the Alcoa Foundation. Employees who donate their time to not-for-profit organisations can apply to the Alcoa Foundation for grants to give to their charitable organisations.

During Alcoa's 6th annual month of service in October 2011, Alcoa employees actively volunteered over 10,000 hours in their local communities across Australia.
 
Throughout 2011, through volunteering programmes Alcoa employees contributed over 96,000 volunteer hours to their local communities.


Female Haul Truck Driver

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Alcoa supports diversity throughout all aspects of their business.