Pinjarra students hope to prosper through Alcoa's Prospects program

Opportunities: Pinjarra Prospects students and PSHS teacher Linda Durup with Alcoa employees Lisa Dixon, Mychelle Jeffery, Raelene Jones and worm farm manager Kelly Roberts at Pinjarra refinerys worm farm. Photo: Supplied.
Opportunities: Pinjarra Prospects students and PSHS teacher Linda Durup with Alcoa employees Lisa Dixon, Mychelle Jeffery, Raelene Jones and worm farm manager Kelly Roberts at Pinjarra refinerys worm farm. Photo: Supplied.

Mining might not be one of the first industries most teenage girls think about getting into after school, but the Alcoa Pinjarra Prospects Program is making headway on changing that.

Ten more female students from Pinjarra Senior High School (PSHS) have just completed the Prospects Program for 2020 at the Pinjarra Refinery.

It's an interactive student mentoring program run by Alcoa at PSHS that aims to make local young women aware of the potential career and educational opportunities available at Alcoa, and to engage participants interested in following an ESTEAM career path.

Throughout the year students take part in interactive workshops and networking opportunities, go on a refinery site tour, have career pathway discussions and listen to personal and professional stories from Alcoa employees, as part of a multi-faceted learning program.

"Now in its fourth year, our grass-roots program is engaging the next generation of local employees, while promoting Alcoa's passion for positive change to increase female workforce participation," Pinjarra Refinery manager Mark Hodgson said.

The Most Outstanding Student awards were presented to students Tahlia Day, Zakiya Bevan, Chelsea Daley and Willow Palmer for being the most engaged students and receiving the highest assessment scores for the program.

"Well done to Tahlia, Zakiya, Chelsea and Willow for their commendable efforts, and thank you to all who participated in this year's program," Mark said.

Planning is currently underway for the program to be rolled out again to Year 10 Pinjarra Senior High School students in 2021.