Tough competition for Alcoa apprenticeship program

Tough competition for Alcoa apprenticeship program

SECRET Harbour resident Paige Calvert is one of seven apprentices who joined Alcoa’s Kwinana Alumina Refinery 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 joining Alcoa for the 2019 intake .

Ms Calvert will graduate the program as an Electrical and Instrumentation Technician and is enjoying learning the ropes of her four-year training program.

“The apprenticeship program is already proving to be a valuable experience for me,” she said.

“I have learnt many new skills and can already independently operate some of the machinery.”

Alcoa of Australia Chairman Michael Parker said the Alcoa apprenticeship program produced workers who were adaptable and brought a positive attitude delivering excellence, integrity and care for their colleagues.

“It is important to invest in the future of our company through the offerings of training programs and development opportunities,” he said.

“Our aim is to make Alcoa’s apprenticeship program the very best in industry.

“There was fierce competition for the 25 positions available and I am particularly delighted to welcome more females into these roles.”

The apprentices are completing a hands-on rotating training program to enhance their skills in each trade offered to prepare them for the apprenticeship.