A Waroona resident is among 18 new trainees at Alcoa’s three alumina refineries in WA after being selected out of more than 1100 applicants. Harrena Platell said she was keen to develop her career. “Being local to Waroona, it’s always been a goal to become a (company employee), so where better to start than from the ground up,” she said. The trainees will work to improve their skills over the next year and take part in vocational studies and assessments to complete their Certificate II in process plant operations. The recruitment process for the next lot of trainees is expected to start in the middle of the year. Trainees will be spread between the company’s Wagerup, Pinjarra and Kwinana refineries. Alcoa said it has taken on more than 2500 apprentices, trainees and graduates since it started in Australia in 1963.