A focus on safety earns top honour
Waroona resident Jamie Goodridge received top honours at Alcoa’s graduation ceremony when he was named Apprentice of the Year for his work at the Willowdale bauxite mine.
Mr Goodridge has completed his four years of training as a heavy duty mobile plant mechanic and is now working in field service at Willowdale.
The 20-year-old said his favourite thing about the site was the people he worked with.
“They’re definitely a unique bunch, I can’t speak highly enough of them,” Mr Goodridge said.
“The other thing I like about Willowdale is being out in the field where you have to rely on yourself.
“It’s a nice feeling to fix something and figure out what went wrong.”
Born and raised in Waroona, Mr Goodridge said he hoped to stay at Willowdale but also wanted to travel and rack up a diverse range of experiences.
But the first thing was to finish working on his pet projects.
“My goals are to finish my Land Rover shortly and my BSA (motorcycle) restoration, then hopefully travel Australia and go to England,” Mr Goodridge said.
“Then hopefully I will also end up back at Willowdale.”
Mr Goodridge said he won the award because of his enthusiasm, attention to safety and willingness to go the extra mile.
At the graduation ceremony he spoke about the four Willowdale apprentices and said he had become more confident both in his skill set and as a person.
Mr Goodridge also offered some advice for new apprentices working at the mine.
“Go slowly up the hill to avoid kangaroos, have confidence in your worth and don’t be afraid to ask questions,” he said.
Mr Goodridge also received an employee recognition award in February, 2017, as part of his apprenticeship.
He was among 24 graduates to complete their trade at Alcoa this year.
Willowdale mine manager Trever Stockil congratulated Mr Goodridge and fellow graduating apprentice Chad Wrigley, of Mandurah.
Waroona resident Jamie Goodridge at Alcoa’s graduation ceremony where he was named Apprentice of the Year.