Program offers practical experience

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Rhys Davis, left, and his fellow 2018/19 summer vacation program students.
Camera IconRhys Davis, left, and his fellow 2018/19 summer vacation program students.

Alcoa is giving 32 students the opportunity to experience first-hand work with a reputable company over the summer break with its paid vacation placements.

With life and work experience becoming an increasingly important enabler, Alcoa has designed a program aimed at helping students bridge the “experience gap”.

During the November 2019 to February 2020 summer holidays students will gain a unique insight into Alcoa’s West Australian bauxite, alumina and corporate operations.

Students will work alongside some of the industry’s most talented professionals, increase networks and knowledge and develop an understanding into where their degree could lead them.

Roles across a range of disciplines from engineering to accounting are based in locations within 130km of the Perth CBD.

Lake Clifton resident and Edith Cowan University mechanical engineering student, Rhys Davies, joined the Asset Integrity Compliance and Predictive Maintenance team at the company’s Pinjarra alumina refinery for the 2018/2019 vacation program.

“Applying for Alcoa’s vacation program led to the best engineering work experience I’ve had,” Mr Davies said.

“The placement was an invaluable opportunity which provided practical experience essential for securing a job in my chosen profession.”

“Aside from the hands-on experience, learning about the regulations and standards Alcoa has to meet was the most significant benefit of the program.”

Eligible university students with a strong academic record, initiative and ambition are being encourage to apply for the 12-week Vacation Student Program before Monday, June 17.

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