October 31, 2009

Alcoan wins Geelong ‘Qualified Tradeswoman Award’

Simone Davis, Qualified Fitter and Tuner/ Work Execution Supervisor at Alcoa’s Point Henry smelter, has been awarded the ‘Qualified Tradeswoman’ Award at the inaugural Women in Trades Awards.

The Awards, an initiative of the G21 Skills Taskforce, are designed to recognise women in the community who are paving the way in non–traditional employment.  G21 is the formal alliance of government, business and community organisations, working together to improve lives in the Geelong region.
Simone joined Alcoa in 1996 as an Australian Vocational Training System student. She was offered an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner and, upon completion, accepted a position as a Mechanical tradesperson.

Simone also spent time with the Metal Division work crew, gaining experience in all facets of the trade and in various areas of the plant before taking on the role of Work Execution Coordinator for Fume System and Potrooms and is responsible for a designated area of the smelter.

It is hoped that the creation of the Women in Trade Awards will motivate winners, nominees and other women in the community to continue moving in a positive direction toward rewarding and satisfying futures and careers.  The Awards are also aimed at raising awareness, among young women, to the potential avenues available in non-traditional employment.