Pinjarra SHS students introduced to mining industry prospects

Pinjarra Prospects participants size up the bucket of a front-end loader at Alcoa’s Huntly Bauxite Mine.
Pinjarra Prospects participants size up the bucket of a front-end loader at Alcoa’s Huntly Bauxite Mine.

PINJARRA Senior High School students had an introduction to the mining and resources industry when they were treated to a tour of Alcoa’s Huntly Bauxite Mine and Pinjarra Alumina Refinery.

The group of female Year 10 and 11 students used the visit to get an inside look at the mining machinery, enjoy a networking lunch and learn about the array of roles available to them in the industry and the pathways they can take to secure those jobs.

Acting Refinery Manager Tom Duxbury said the visit was part of Alcoa’s Pinjarra Prospects program, which had run for the last three years in partnership with Pinjarra SHS.

“We’re committed to encouraging women to actively seek careers in the mining and resources industry,” he said.

“Pinjarra Prospects is a grassroots program that will help engage the next generation of the local workforce while promoting Alcoa’s passion for driving positive change by increasing female workforce participation and continuing efforts to attract, promote and retain women.”

Year 10 student Danica Old said she enjoyed the experience.

“Having attended, I’m now more aware of the amazing opportunities around the area,’ she said.