25 January 2019

A new group of eager apprentices join Alcoa

Alcoa’s call for apprenticeships for its refineries and mine sites attracted more than 600 applications with twenty-five apprentices, a third of whom are female, joining Alcoa for the 2019 intake of the highly sought-after four-year apprenticeship program. This young group will develop skills in Electrical Instrumentation, Mechanical Fitting, Metal Fabrication or Heavy-Duty Mechanics – equipping them with valuable lifelong skills and experience to propel their careers.

Michael Parker, Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director, said the Alcoa apprenticeship program produced workers who were adaptable and brought a positive attitude delivering excellence, integrity and care for their colleagues.

“It is important to invest in the future of our company through the offerings of training programs and development opportunities. Our aim is to make Alcoa’s apprenticeship program the very best in industry,” Mr Parker said.

TAFE- Apprentice group
Alcoa 2019 apprentices have a hands-on learning day at the Mandurah TAFE workshop.

“There was fierce competition for the 25 positions available and I am particularly delighted to welcome more females into these roles. I am confident all the successful candidates will thrive in their new roles.”

The apprentices are currently completing a hands-on rotating training program to enhance their skills in each trade offered to prepare them for the apprenticeship.
Seven apprentices will be based at Kwinana Alumina Refinery, eight at Pinjarra Alumina Refinery, five at Wagerup Alumina Refinery, three at Huntly Mine and two at Willowdale Mine.

Alcoa has a proud history and commitment in training generations of skilled tradespeople. We have trained and developed more than 2000 apprentices, trainees and graduates since 1963.
Applications for Alcoa’s 2020 apprentice intake open in June this year. For more information on Alcoa’s apprenticeship opportunities visit. www.alcoa.com/apprenticeships



Media contact

Cheri Tiglias, Corporate Affairs Officer, 0450 393 651, Cheri.Tiglias@alcoa.com