New group of apprentices join Alcoa

Jesse Salter is learning the ropes on a four-year training program.
Jesse Salter is learning the ropes on a four-year training program.

PINJARRA resident Jesse Salter is one of five apprentices joining Alcoa’s bauxite mines to develop skills in electrical instrumentation, mechanical fitting, metal fabrication or heavy duty mechanics.

Alcoa’s call for apprenticeships for its refineries and mine sites attracted more than 600 applications with 25 apprentices, a third of whom are female, joining Alcoa for the 2019 intake of the highly sought after four-year apprenticeship program.

Salter is enjoying learning the ropes of the four-year training program and will graduate as a qualified heavy duty mechanic.

“I have enjoyed meeting different experienced tradespeople at Alcoa,’’ she said.

“Their knowledge and level of professionalism has really inspired me to do well.’’

Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said there was fierce competition for the 25 positions and he was delighted to welcome more women into the 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.

Applications for Alcoa’s 2020 apprentice intake open in June.