Pinjarra students gain insight into Alcoa’s operations

Pinjarra Senior High School students learn about Alcoa operations.
Pinjarra Senior High School students learn about Alcoa operations.

A SCHOOL excursion of a different kind was on the agenda for Pinjarra Senior High School students as they learned about Alcoa’s mining, refining and laboratory operations.

Almost 30 female students participated in a site visit hosted by Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery as part of its 2018 Pinjarra Prospects program.

The program is an interactive student mentoring initiative for girls in years 10 and 11 at the school.

Students explored Alcoa operations and had the chance to meet members of the leadership team, Alcoa Women’s Network members and the laboratory group.

The laboratory tour was a highlight for students studying ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, english, arts and maths) as laboratory employees explained the science behind some of their operations.

“Participating in the Pinjarra Prospects program and touring Alcoa facilities has definitely been an experience for the students which has motivated them to consider a career in ESTEAM,’’ science teacher Rebecca Beaney said.

Alcoa encourages students to tour their sites to help them decide career paths.

Employment opportunities include apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate programs.

Free public tours of the Pinjarra refinery and Huntly bauxite mine are available every Wednesday and depart from the Alcoa Discovery Centre.

Call 9530 2400.