Holiday program propels student into workforce
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.
Participants of Rio Tinto and Skilled Programmed's recent vacation student program.