Hol­i­day pro­gram pro­pels stu­dent into work­force

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A stu­dent par­tic­i­pant in a re­cent va­ca­tion pro­gram in Kar­ratha has gained em­ploy­ment with Rio Tinto in Dampier.

Rio Tinto and Pro­grammed Skilled Work­force’s high school va­ca­tion stu­dent pro­gram give stu­dents a chance to gain hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence at Rio Tinto’s Dampier, 7 Mile and Cape Lam­bert fa­cil­i­ties. One of the par­tic­i­pants, Kar­ratha High School stu­dent Jes­sica New­man, gained a job as a fixed plant op­er­a­tor with Dampier Ports.

Rio Tinto Dampier Ports gen­eral man­ager Jess Far­rell said lead­ers at the site had shared pos­i­tive feed­back on their ex­pe­ri­ences host­ing stu­dents.

“We were all re­ally im­pressed by the level of ca­pa­bil­ity and en­thu­si­asm they brought to work each day,” she said.

“I think this pro­gram pro­vides a great de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity, not only for the stu­dents them­selves, but also for our em­ploy­ees, who get the chance to de­velop as men­tors, shar­ing their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence for the ben­e­fit of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” Par­tic­i­pants can take on hands-on roles as a work­shop/trade as­sis­tant or in an ad­min­is­tra­tion/cler­i­cal role.

Once placed, the stu­dents are given full su­per­vi­sion and di­rect sup­port and men­tor­ing to en­sure they get the most value out of their work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pic­ture: Rio Tinto

Par­tic­i­pants of Rio Tinto and Skilled Pro­grammed's re­cent va­ca­tion stu­dent pro­gram.

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