04 February 2016

Apprentices get a lesson from Alcoa leader

Alcoa’s operations in Western Australia welcomed 23 new apprentices this month, with General Manager WA Refining Operations Simon Pascoe joining them at the Pinjarra Senior High School workshop to share some of his knowledge and machining skills.

General Manager WA Refining Operations Simon Pascoe gives Huntly Mine apprentice Morgan Pederson a few pointers.

The apprentices spent three weeks working on industry standard machinery making aluminium crab and crayfish gauges, to equip them with some basic skills and confidence ahead of their apprenticeship.
Pinjarra Refinery apprentice Ben Sharman said one of the most valuable things he had learnt so far had been about using a Job Safety Analysis (JSA).
“You really think about the job more when you stop and take in what you need to do to get it done safely,” Ben said.
Simon was keen to get his hands dirty and help the apprentices make their gauges. He said the workshop facility offered an invaluable experience for the apprentices.
“Alcoa plans to continue to invest in the $5 million dollar facility that offers apprentices the opportunity to interact with industry standard machinery. The facility provides an impressive real life workshop environment which includes numerous pieces of equipment such as milling machines,” Simon said.
“This year we are excited to have all the apprentices in one place, regardless of their chosen trade, completing the three week program to ensure they develop a basic understanding and confidence to operate machinery.
“The selection of apprentices this year are by far the most talented Alcoa has seen and we want to ensure they continue to be highly sort out in the industry by helping them with the best start possible.”
Five of the apprentices will be based at Wagerup Refinery, seven at Pinjarra Refinery, six at Kwinana Refinery, two at Willowdale Mine and three at Huntly Mine.
The four-year program also includes up to 36 weeks off-the-job training.
Since the program’s inception in 1963, more than 1600 apprentices have received training at Alcoa’s operations in Western Australia. This represents an investment of approximately $145 million, which directly contributes to building skills in the local community.
Alcoa’s widely-renowned apprenticeship program typically draws its candidates from communities surrounding its operations, particularly the Peel and South West regions, to support the delivery of training and development opportunities for young people in the area.
For more information on Alcoa’s apprenticeship opportunities visit www.alcoa.com.au/apprenticeships.
Media contact: Cheri Hodgson, 9557 4163 or cheri.hodgson@alcoa.com.au
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