TWENTY four young men and women were the toast of the town after graduating from Alcoa of Australia’s four-year apprenticeship program.
Family members, peers and mentors shared the moment with the newly qualified tradespeople who were awarded trade certifications for a range of careers, including heavy duty mechanics, mechanical fabricators, electrical and instrumentation technicians and mechanical fitters.
Halls Head residents Mitchell May and Jake Williams were award winners, with Mr May taking out the Apprentice of the Year Award for Alcoa’s bauxite mining business and Mr Williams taking the Safety Award for the Pinjarra Refinery.
Pinjarra resident Clay Wheatley won the refinery’s Apprentice of the Year.
Birchmont resident Alex Broadwood completed his training at Alcoa’s Wagerup refinery and received the 2017 Safety Award for the site.
Apprentice co-ordinator Kevin Lunn has supervised the apprenticeship program for 10 years.
He encouraged this year’s graduates to use all their learning to not only be successful tradespeople but to make a difference in future workplaces.