MANDURAH resident Tyler Archibald is one of five new apprentices who recently joined Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery to undertake training in the fields of electrical instrumentation, mechanical fitting and heavy metal fabrication.
This year Alcoa welcomed 25 new apprentices to its WA refining and mining operations, with the group currently working on industry standard machinery at Pinjarra Senior High School as part of their induction.
The apprentices are undertaking small projects to equip them with the basic workshop skills and confidence ahead of their training.
Mr Archibald, who undertook a year-long pre-apprenticeship after completing year 12 and will graduate as an electrical and instrumentation technician, was impressed by the level of safety in his training.
“I was surprised by the amount of detail that goes into ensuring the safety of everyone,” he said.
“It really makes you feel valued as an employee when a company cares so much about your safety.”
WA Refining Operations general manager Simon Pascoe said in the current business climate he was pleased to support the next generation of tradespeople, providing them with high quality training to lay the foundation for their future career.
“We had more than 1600 applications for the 25 positions and the qualifications and skills possessed by the final applicants exceeded our expectations,” he said.
“I am very confident these young people will make the most of this opportunity and wish them every success in their training.”
The four-year training program also includes up to 36 weeks off-the-job training.