09 October 2019
2020 graduates get first look at Alcoa
An enthusiastic group of 17 new recruits were welcomed into the Alcoa fold at the company’s first Graduate Engagement Day last week — hearing career highlights and insights from leaders and former graduates and how the aluminium business operates in a competitive global market.
While some graduates had already commenced as a result of business demand and casual work opportunities, most will formally commence the highly competitive three-year Graduate Program in January 2020. They will work at Alcoa’s bauxite mines or alumina refineries south of Perth or the company’s head office in Booragoon.
Sophie Fyfe, who has joined Alcoa on a casual basis but will commence in the new year as a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Kwinana Alumina Refinery, said the opportunity to network with fellow graduates and meet Alcoa management and colleagues was invaluable.
“The Graduate Engagement Day was a nice way to learn about Alcoa as a company. I now have a greater understanding of how my role and the site I work at fit into the overall perspective of the company,” Sophie said.
“While studying I found it hard to imagine where my career would go. To secure a job with Alcoa, as an established reputable company, is unbelievable.
“2019 has been a big year for me. I finish my Undergraduate Honours Degree from Murdoch University in December and have joined a sought-after employer; it’s all quite surreal.”
Graduates will be employed across a range of disciplines including procurement, health and safety, digital mining, mining engineering, research science, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.
Alcoa has a proud history and commitment to training generations of skilled and educated employees, having trained and developed more than 2000 apprentices, trainees and graduates since 1963.
The company has also contributed economically and socially to the fabric of Western Australian society for more than 56 years. It employs some 4,200 people, many of whom live regionally in the communities where it operates.
Alcoa is committed to achieving greater gender balance and embraces diversity. The company has been named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Federal Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency for 17 consecutive years.
Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa) has a proud history in Australia which it hopes to continue by remaining internationally competitive, attracting ongoing investment and providing jobs for future generations.
• Alcoa has been contributing to Australia’s economy since 1963, investing more than $12 billion over 56 years.
• More than 65 per cent of Alcoa’s total annual revenue stays in Australia through wages, local purchasing, taxes, royalties and dividends to Australian shareholders.
• Alcoa employs more than 4,250 people in Australia. About 3,770 live in WA.
• In our 56 years, Alcoa has taken on more than 2000 apprentices, trainees and graduates.
• In 2018, Alcoa:
o Invested $1.86 billion with more than 1550 Australian suppliers.
o Paid $668 million in Australian wages, salaries and associated benefits.
o Paid more than $690 million in State, Federal and Local government taxes and royalties.
o Made $4 million in community contributions.
Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, with a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa Corporation is built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back more than 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since developing the aluminum industry, and throughout the company’s history, talented employees have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate. Visit us online on www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.