Trade trainees at Al­coa re­fin­ery cream of crop

Southern Telegraph - - News -

A lo­cal trio was among 24 young peo­ple to re­cently com­plete trade train­ing in their cho­sen fields at Al­coa’s Kwinana re­fin­ery.

Cur­tis Pratt from Kwinana, Jake Green­halgh from Wel­lard and Michael Teale from Bal­divis cel­e­brated with their peers af­ter com­plet­ing their fouryear train­ing cour­ses, join­ing more than 2000 ap­pren­tices, trainees and grad­u­ates who have been trained and de­vel­oped by the re­sources com­pany over the past 55 years.

This year’s ap­pren­tice grad­u­ates learned skills across a range of trades in­clud­ing fab­ri­ca­tion, me­chan­i­cal fit­ting, elec­tri­cal in­stru­men­ta­tion and heavy-duty me­chan­ics, and were among 96 ap­pren­tices work­ing across Al­coa’s min­ing

and re­fin­ing op­er­a­tions in the Kwinana, Peel and South-West re­gions.

Al­coa of Aus­tralia chair­man and man­ag­ing direc­tor Michael Parker said the com­pany was proud of its his­tory and com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to train gen­er­a­tions of skilled trades­peo­ple.

“We ex­pect that our ap­pren­tices will stand out in their fields through the care and

train­ing they have re­ceived at Al­coa,” Mr Parker said.

“We want ev­ery­one to know that trades­peo­ple who are trained at Al­coa are not only highly skilled, but they are safe work­ers. Work­ers who are adapt­able and who bring a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude which de­liv­ers ex­cel­lence, acts with in­tegrity and cares for their col­leagues.”

For­mer Gilmore Col­lege stu­dent and 2018 Kwinana Re­fin­ery Ap­pren­tice of the Year win­ner Mr Pratt said his in­volve­ment with Kwinana In­dus­tries Coun­cil opened his mind to the pos­si­bil­ity of an ap­pren­tice­ship.

“The in­cred­i­ble learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­po­sure to fan­tas­tic peo­ple in the in­dus­try while I was a KIC trainee ce­mented my de­ci­sion to ap­ply for an ap­pren­tice­ship,” he said.

Tess Farmer, a grad­u­ate elec­tri­cal and in­stru­men­ta­tion ap­pren­tice at Kwinana re­fin­ery, was the only fe­male in this year’s in­take and was praised by Mr Parker for her role in chang­ing the per­cep­tion of ca­reers for women in the min­ing in­dus­try.

Kwinana re­fin­ery man­ager Si­mon Pas­coe en­cour­aged the trio to fol­low their pas­sions.

Kwinana Alu­mina Re­fin­ery man­ager Si­mon Pas­coe with the 2018 Kwinana Re­fin­ery ap­pren­tice grad­u­ates Michael Teale, Tess Farmer, Jake Green­halgh and Cur­tis Pratt.

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