Grad­u­a­tion cel­e­brated

Pinjarra Murray Times - - OPINION -

TWENTY four young men and women were the toast of the town after grad­u­at­ing from Al­coa of Aus­tralia’s four-year ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram.

Fam­ily mem­bers, peers and men­tors shared the mo­ment with the newly qual­i­fied trades­peo­ple who were awarded trade cer­ti­fi­ca­tions for a range of ca­reers, in­clud­ing heavy duty me­chan­ics, me­chan­i­cal fab­ri­ca­tors, elec­tri­cal and in­stru­men­ta­tion tech­ni­cians and me­chan­i­cal fit­ters.

Halls Head res­i­dents Mitchell May and Jake Wil­liams were award win­ners, with Mr May tak­ing out the Ap­pren­tice of the Year Award for Al­coa’s baux­ite min­ing busi­ness and Mr Wil­liams tak­ing the Safety Award for the Pin­jarra Re­fin­ery.

Pin­jarra res­i­dent Clay Wheat­ley won the re­fin­ery’s Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

Birch­mont res­i­dent Alex Broad­wood com­pleted his train­ing at Al­coa’s Wagerup re­fin­ery and re­ceived the 2017 Safety Award for the site.

Ap­pren­tice co-or­di­na­tor Kevin Lunn has su­per­vised the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram for 10 years.

He en­cour­aged this year’s grad­u­ates to use all their learn­ing to not only be suc­cess­ful trades­peo­ple but to make a dif­fer­ence in fu­ture work­places.

Al­coa ap­pren­tice co-or­di­na­tor Kevin Lunn (front) with the 2017 WA ap­pren­tice grad­u­ates.

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