People

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL)

Recruitment and retention

Since 1964, QAL has continued to be one of the largest employers in Gladstone – and we know employing local people is good for our business. Local people are invested in the region, which usually translates into higher retention rates. QAL aims to hire local people for all roles where the candidate has the required level of skill and experience.

QAL offers a number of apprenticeships and traineeships each year and engages with local schools and the wider community to deliver these initiatives.

QAL recruited, inducted and trained 158 new employees in 2014 and, pleasingly, the annual turnover rate decreased from 14.72 per cent to 10.93 per cent.

In 2014, operator, trade, staff, professional and leadership opportunities were offered. New apprentice, trainee and graduate positions were also filled and 17 vacation students were welcomed to site during the summer break.

Show Table

2013

2014

2014

Performance

2015

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

1,070

1,070

1,070

1,070

Contractors (Category 1)

360

357

360

360

Apprentice intake

10

10

10

10

Graduate intake

3

4

4

4

Indigenous employment (excluding Contractors)

0.38%

1.03%

*

3.0%

* No target set

Training and development

QAL is committed to improving the skills of its people and in 2014 the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations was introduced and offered to all new non-trade plant operators. This nationally-recognised programme, completed over a two-year period, is linked to on-the-job training and competencies that are completed as part of the participant’s employment with QAL. In 2014, 29 people commenced the programme with the first block of assessment completed before the end of the year.

QAL booked 17,581 training sessions throughout the year, which equated to 39,393 hours of training. Of this, 38,743 hours of training was completed in the classroom while 650 hours was web-based.

QAL was also named as a Queensland Training Awards finalist for the region.

Employee Benefits

The Yaralla Lifestyle Package is offered to make a difference to the quality of life of our people. It provides free fitness, sporting and recreational facilities for employees to enjoy across the Gladstone region.

Lifestyle Package
  • free golf at the Gladstone, Boyne Island and Calliope courses;

  • free gym membership at the Yaralla and Lifestyle centres in Gladstone and the Powerhouse Fitness Centre, Indoor Sports Centre and True Blue gymnasiums in Tannum Sands;

  • free use of the Gladstone Aquatic Centre including the 50 metre outdoor pool, 25 metre indoor heated lap/therapeutic pool, wading pool, sun smart shade areas, expansive picnic grounds and BBQ areas;

  • free movie tickets at Gladstone Cinemas; and

  • free tennis and squash at the Gladstone Tennis and Squash Association (will be expanded to include these in 2015).

Other benefits to QAL employees include private health insurance (subsidised by QAL), and a nine-day fortnight roster for staff, to help improve work/life balance.

Lifestyle Package Usage
Case Studies

QAL up-skills its employees

This year, QAL implemented several new training initiatives to ensure its workforce had the skills to operate safely and effectively.
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