TWENTY four local young people have completed their apprenticeships with Alcoa this year, joining more than 2000 apprentices, trainees and graduates trained and developed by the resources company during the past 55 years.
The latest graduates completed their four-year apprentice program run across Alcoa’s mining and refining operations in the Kwinana, Peel and South-West regions and were among 96 Alcoa apprentices working across the sites this year.
Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the young people were the future of the company, the industry and the community.
“We want everyone to know that trades people trained at Alcoa are not only highly skilled but they are safe workers, workers who are adaptable and who bring a positive attitude, which delivers excellence, acts with integrity and cares for their colleagues,” he said.
This year’s apprentice graduates learnt skills across trades such as fabrication, mechanical fitting and heavy-duty mechanics.
The 2018 Apprentices of the Year were Jamie Goodridge (Willowdale), Jayden Graham (Huntley), Curtis Pratt (Kwinana), Brock Tyson (Pinjarra) and Blake Scally (Wagerup).
Safety Awards went to Brendan Jackson (Kwinana), Bradley Starr (Pinjarra) and Nathan Tellini (Wagerup).