Inspiring young minds
Students at Hillman Primary School (HPS) in Rockingham got a taste of the careers on offer at Alcoa, when Kwinana refinery personnel attended the school’s Careers Day in late June.
Apprentices Sinead Commerford and Verushka Potter (pictured, rear right and left respectively, with year one students [L-R] Marion Vickery, Willow Cargill and Michael Harris) inspired the children with stories of their journeys from working various jobs to securing their apprenticeships.
The most popular person at the Alcoa display, however, was Centre of Excellence Senior Technologist Andrew King, who brought along a selection of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and gave several flying demonstrations, much to the delight of the students… and the adults!
HPS Principal Aaron Young said the Careers Day was not about asking a ten-year-old to make a career choice now, but about inspiring the students and raising their aspirations for the future.
“The purpose of the day was to enhance our students’ personal and career development in order to equip them to make informed decisions and become more aware of opportunities available to them,” Aaron said.
“We are very grateful to businesses like Alcoa, that allows us to connect our students’ educational experiences to the local community and gain a sense of what they can do in the future.”