WARNBRO resident Stacey Boothman is one of six apprentices who recently joined Alcoa’s Kwinana Refinery to undertake training in the fields of electrical instrumentation, mechanical fitting and heavy metal fabrication.
This year, Alcoa recruited 25 new apprentices to its WA refining and mining operations, with the group currently working on industry standard machinery as part of their induction.
The apprentices are undertaking small projects to equip them with basic workshop skills and confidence ahead of their training.
Ms Boothman, who previously worked as an industrial painter and will graduate as a mechanical fitter, has found the experience valuable so far.
“It has been really great learning how to operate a range of equipment, improving our accuracy with hand tools and exploring the importance of safety,” she said.
WA Refining Operations general manager Simon Pascoe said in the current business climate, he was pleased to continue to support the next generation of tradespeople.
“We had more than 1600 applications for the 25 positions and the qualifications and skills possessed by the final applicants exceeded our expectations,” he said.
“I am very confident these young people will make the most of this opportunity and wish them every success in their training.”
The four-year training program also includes up to 36 weeks off-the-job training. Visit www. alcoa.com/apprenticeships