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nominations open for the alcoa foundation outstanding community worker award
At Alcoa, we recognise that community workers play an integral role in continuing to build stronger communities.  They often go above and beyond the norm to help others and we believe they deserve to be celebrated. 
 
That’s why, in partnership with Our Community, we created the Alcoa Foundation Outstanding Community Worker Award.

Many people who work in the community sector, do so because they’re committed to a vision – not so much for money or position.  The working environment is often far different to the commercial or corporate sectors and community organisations sometimes have to survive on the small of an oily rag.  The workers are not complaining through, but they do deserve to be recognised.

So, if you know someone who works in the community sector who deserves to be recognised, there’s still time to nominate for them for the Alcoa Foundation Outstanding Community Worker Award.
(Nominations close 24 April 2009).
 
Dr Rhonda Galbally, CEO of Our Community said: "The Alcoa Foundation Community Worker Award, is one of the highest accolades for a community worker in Australia". 
 
"It is another example of the great community leadership and vision shown by Alcoa and its team in supporting capacity building and a strong and clever community sector," Dr Galbally said.
 
Alcoa’s National Partnerships Manager Sarah Fordham said nominating a community worker for an award is a great way of saying thanks.

“Last year was the first time we offered this award and there was an overwhelming response – nominations came in from all over the country,” she said.

“It is fair to say that Australian society would be simply unworkable without community workers.

This year, the Alcoa Foundation will again award $5000 to the community sector worker who best exemplifies the sector’s ideals of dedication, excellence and service.

The winner will be able to spend the prize on their own choice of professional capacity building which will best benefit them in their line of work.  The money is able to be spent on education and training, attending relevant conferences, paying for relevant books or subscriptions – whatever they need to prep them for the next level of excellence.

“At Alcoa, we have an extensive partnership program which focuses on building community capacity and creating stronger communities – those in the community sector play a large role in achieving both of those things so this award is an ideal fit,” Sarah said.

To find out more, or to nominate, click here.

alcoa and deakin university team up to deliver improved health services
In a boost for regional health services in western Victoria, Alcoa of Australia, the Deakin Medical School and the Victorian Government have teamed up to deliver a new Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine (CREM).
 
The CREM will contribute to the coordination and delivery of effective emergency medical management in western Victoria and provide national leadership in emergency medicine research. It will operate through the Deakin Medical School’s new Greater Green Triangle Clinical School, Warrnambool and Portland hospitals, and through a network of regional doctors.
 
Deakin University recently appointing a specialist emergency physician, Clinical Associate Professor Tim Baker, as the Director for the CREM.
 
Associate Professor Baker is working with healthcare providers in Warrnambool and western Victoria to respond to the emergency medical needs of rural and regional communities – in attempts to close the gap between emergency treatment outcomes for country patients and those in the city. It is understood a patient whose heart stops suddenly is four times more likely to survive in the city than the country.
 
Alcoa of Australia’s General Manager Victorian Operations, Arnaud Soirat, said Alcoa’s partnership with Deakin is a central plank in our efforts to create sustainable communities.
 
“Strengthening our communities is a part of core business at Alcoa and has never been more important as we face such challenging times.
 
“Strong rural health services are an essential part of a sustainable community and this partnership with Deakin is very important to help achieve this. We welcome Mr Baker and all he can bring to the role.”
 
As well as heading up the CREM, Associate Professor Baker is working in the emergency departments of hospitals in Warrnambool and Portland and is contributing to the Deakin Medical School teaching program.
 
committed to training our future generation
Alcoa has been recognised for our contribution to education and training in the Geelong region.

At the Geelong Regional Vocational Education Council Inc (GRVEC) Annual Awards, local employers, young people and teachers were congratulated for their outstanding contribution and participation in programs which prepare young people to become the workforce of the future.  Alcoa’s Future Leaders of Industry program was among those highlighted. 

Our program involves a 12 week placement at Alcoa which provides an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the manufacturing field and develop an awareness of the opportunities and challenges they will face during their future careers.  
 
2008 participant Thomas Avery said that the program made him even more determined to pursue a career in fitting and turning; and he’s got a new job to prove it.  
 
“The overall program was very well organised and all the activities we did were really interesting. I looked forward to every activity.  I especially enjoyed the work experience days, and the session we did preparing for interviews," Thomas said.
 
"I am pleased to say that the program definitely helped me secure an apprenticeship with Alcoa Point Henry this year.”

The Alcoa Future Leaders of Industry Program also aims to encourage young people to consider a career path in manufacturing and to follow a study path that will make them eligible for job selection. Alcoa and GRVEC introduced the program in 2006, and each year 25 scholarships are available as part of the program.

Alcoa also supports GRVEC through sponsorship of the Structured Workplace Leaning Program, which is designed to mentor students in local workplaces and assist them in understanding the various career opportunities open to them.  Most importantly, it allows students in Years 10, 11 or 12 to acquire skills and knowledge within an industry setting, as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)/ VET studies. 

In 2008, the Structured Workplace Learning Program assisted 449 students from 23 secondary colleges in Geelong who were hosted and trained by 413 local employers.

29 of the 31 Geelong region secondary schools participate in GRVEC’s career development programs, all designed to encourage young people - our workforce of the future - into further education, training or employment. 

Alcoa has been in partnership with GRVEC since 1999.


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Do you know someone who works in the community sector who deserves to be recognised? Nominate them for the Alcoa Foundation Outstanding Community Worker Award



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Last year's Alcoa Foundation Outstanding Community Worker Award, Maureen Nicholls, from Goldfields Child Care Centre in Kalgoorlie WA



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