November 24, 2019

Alcoa traineeships boost local skills

Welcome to our new trainees original
A group of 10 process operator trainees have begun an 18-month stint at Alcoa’s Western Australia operations.

Ten new trainees have secured work with Alcoa and over the next 18 months will learn how to oversee production at the company’s three alumina refineries in the Kwinana, Peel and South West regions of Western Australia.
Alcoa has a proud history in training generations of skilled workers over the 56 years it has been operating in Australia with more 2,000 apprentices, trainees and graduates being employed. 
More than 1,000 people applied for the latest highly sought-after process operator traineeships, which include TAFE studies and practical assessments.
Finishing with a Certificate II and III in Process Plant Operations, the trainees will learn the safe operating skills needed to support Alcoa’s alumina refineries.
Emma Stonard, from Eaton, is one of six females among the new trainees. Emma decided to take a different career path after working as an electrician for a small business.
“I was looking for better work life balance and heard great things about Alcoa,” Emma said. “So far the traineeship has been a whirlwind of information, which has been great, and I am looking forward to putting my learnings into practice.”
Four people from the Peel region, three people from the South West, two from the Kwinana region and one from the Perth area secured the traineeships. See the full list below: 
Pinjarra Refinery: Andrew Lawson, from Lakelands, Teagan Bertoli, from Ravenswood and Anthea Prouse, from Byford.  
Kwinana Refinery: Kalina Cannon, from Secret Harbour, Rowanne Pretorius, from Rockingham, Rheece Penberthy, from Hammond Park, and Chris Trowbridge, from Darling Downs.
Wagerup Refinery: Emma Stonard, from Eaton, Kim Beere, from Cookernup and Nathan Porter, from Eaton.
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