Trade trainees at Alcoa refinery cream of crop
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.