Rockingham students spend holidays working at Alcoa

Alcoa Vacation students Nicholas Murray, Ella Meechan and Daniel Brown.
Alcoa Vacation students Nicholas Murray, Ella Meechan and Daniel Brown.

UNIVERSITY students swapped their books and holidays for a three-month professional program at Alcoa to understand life as full-time workers.

The vacation program welcomed 27 students this year, including Waikiki resident Nicholas Murray, Daniel Brown and Baldivis resident Ella Meechan.

“This experience is like no other,” Mr Brown said during his stint at the Kwinana Alumina Refinery as a chemical engineering vacation student.

“Being around such large equipment has given me a greater reference for the size of operations at Alcoa and has turned theory into reality.”

Ms Meechan is an environmental vacation student at Alcoa’s Huntly mine and said she had a strong support base with her team, and Mr Murray was also assigned to the Huntly mine.

Alcoa’s Vacation Student Program aims to attract high-performing candidates, while offering opportunities to learn about business operations, professionalism and skill development, while in a supportive and exciting work environment.

The program is open to second and third-year university students from a variety of disciplines.

Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the program was one of many ways the company trained and developed workers of the future.