A fo­cus on safety earns top hon­our

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

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.

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