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Alcoa has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women, by the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, for the eighth consecutive year.

Executive Director of Human Resources Kim Horne put the recognition down to Alcoa’s well established flexible work arrangements and commitment to workplace diversity.
 
“Businesses which take the issues of work/life blend and diversity seriously will stand a far greater chance of attracting the right people who will be the best fit for the organisation and who are best placed to assist in delivering bottom line results,” Mr Horne said.
 
“Business sustainability relies on talented people, and so providing equal opportunities for women to realise their career potential have been fundamental strategies for Alcoa for many years.”
 
Alcoa’s return to work rates following maternity leave remain high at around 90 per cent with data suggesting that our ability to offer part-time work for women returning from maternity leave has had a significant impact on the retention of women.
 
“Providing a workplace that is flexible and supportive for working mums simply makes good business sense,” Mr Horne said.
 
Point Henry based Information Systems Consultant Karen Wood has worked for Alcoa for 20 years and has two children: “I’m a single mum and it’s hard juggling two children, fitness routines for us all, and a household.  The arrangements I have in place with Alcoa give me flexibility and the ability to fit it all in.”
 
Experimental Scientist Wai Lim Kong, who works at the Kwinana Refinery is the carer of her elderly mother and said being able to work part-time in a supportive environment allows her the extra time she needs for herself and her family.
 
“If my mum has an appointment at the doctor and the appointment falls in my normal work time, I have the flexibility to come in for half a day and make up the lost work time another day, or work from home,” Wai Lim said.
 
Jo Ferrie, who is a member of the Corporate Affairs team, works part-time from home.  “I have dedicated days in which I am in my home office. I also log-on in the evening once my children are in bed to keep track of any developments and to complete any urgent work that may need a faster turn around than my two day work cycle.”
 
“For the type of work I do, it doesn't make a difference whether I am in the office in a pinstripe suit or at home with my slippers on!”
 
Alcoa’s entitlements include 13 weeks paid maternity leave, as well as some paid paternity leave.
 
“60 per cent of our people have been with us for more than 10 years, which I think says volumes about the type of workplace we offer,” Mr Horne said.
 
international women’s day celebrated at point henry and portland aluminium
Alcoans at Point Henry and Portland Aluminium used International Women’s Day to educate themselves about ovarian cancer and raise much needed funds for the National Ovarian Cancer Network .
 
Around 100 Alcoa women, their family and friends gathered in Geelong and Portland to hear from doctors and health professionals about the symptoms and signs of the potentially deadly disease. Each attendee was charged $10 to attend the ‘Catch up and Check up’ events’ – the money raised being donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
 
Kate Betts from Point Henry said: “I think it’s brilliant that I work for a company that facilitates this sort of awareness among its people.  We all hear a lot about cancer and how devastating it can be, but many of us simply don’t know the symptoms.”
 
Metal Coordinator, Carol Taylor, of Portland Aluminium said: “I certainly learned that there are no stand out obvious symptoms and if in doubt women should follow up any concerns with their medical practitioner.”
 
Point Henry employee Judy Hase is all too familiar with ovarian cancer. “Having lost a family member to ovarian cancer, I feel that women need to know as much about this issue as possible.  The evening was comfortably casual, whilst at the same time very informative.”
 
"It was a great session, both informative and a chance to donate money to a worthy cause,” said Gillian O’Bree from Portland Aluminium.


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Portland Aluminium's Operations Manager, John Osborne and Alcoa Women's Network representative Jodie Gould at one of the Ovarian Cancer awareness sessions