Alcoa launches apprenticeship recruitment drive

Megan Hazelden is one of the many apprentices who found their place at Alcoa through the mining company's apprenticeship recruitment program. Photo: Supplied.
Megan Hazelden is one of the many apprentices who found their place at Alcoa through the mining company's apprenticeship recruitment program. Photo: Supplied.

More than 20 new apprentices will kick off work at Alcoa next year after the mining giant launched its 2021 apprenticeship recruitment campaign on Friday.

The boost to youth employment will see four-year apprenticeships offered with successful applicants earning a nationally recognised trade certificate in mechanical fitting, heavy duty plant mechanics, fabrication and welding or industrial electrical instrumentation.

Mandurah resident Megan Hazelden is a second-year mechanical fitter apprentice at Alcoa's Wagerup Alumina Refinery and knows she has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"When I heard Alcoa was advertising for apprentices, I knew I had to secure a mechanical fitter role as it's where my passion lies after tinkering on engines as a kid with my cad on the family farm," she said.

"I had family and friends who worked for the company and I'd heard often that it was a great place to work; and I knew it had to be more interesting than the retail manager role I had at the time, which it definitely is.

"And while the work is varied and interesting and I've learnt so much, it's the people who make it a great place to work.

"Everyone I've come across is knowledgeable and helpful, they just want to see you succeed. I would recommend to anyone to apply for an Alcoa apprenticeship, they won't regret it."

Alcoa employs approximately 3750 people in Western Australia.

To apply for the apprenticeship program visit alcoa.com/apprenticeopps-aus

Applications close Monday, July 27.