The Alcoa Pinjarra Prospects Program was created in 2016 with a two-fold focus – connecting Alcoa with young women potentially considering careers in the resources sector and helping Pinjarra Senior High School increase participation and attainment by female students in entrepreneurship, science, technology, English, arts and mathematics subjects.
So far 160 local students have had the opportunity via the program to explore career pathways offered by Alcoa, gain industry insights, be exposed to industry mentors and improve their communications and resume-writing skills. Core elements of the program include an Alcoa tour, ‘speed careering’ events, careers workshops, attendance at the CMEWA Inspiring Girls Forum and involvement in the Women In Mining WA Summit.
Initially targeted at Year 11 and 12 students, the program is now designed specifically for Year 10 students to help inform and influence subject selection, particularly for those intending to follow an ATAR pathway. One of the most positive outcomes has been students leaving the program with job application-ready resumes.
Alcoa’s 2021 apprenticeship recruitment campaign saw five female Pinjarra Senior High School students enter the assessment centre phase of the process, with four of them invited to undertake further testing. The Prospects Program is popular with and well-supported by Alcoa employees and viewed as easily transferrable for other resources companies or industries.