People

Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun

Recruitment and retention

At Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, our people are our greatest asset and we are proud of our team of skilled, diverse and dedicated people. We also recognise that employing local people is good for our business.

In 2014, Yarwun hosted a careers information day that was attended by more than 200 local people. We recruited 192 new employees throughout the year, of which 56 accepted process technician roles. Recruitment and retention have been a priority for the site over the past few years and despite significant improvement in employee retention, recruitment remains a key priority and will continue to be throughout 2015 to ensure that we have the right team in place to deliver our business objectives.

2014 also saw a comprehensive review of process technician roles and remuneration packages. As part of this work, the career paths and salary progression opportunities were reviewed, redefined and communicated to all process technicians.

Graduate numbers at Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun remain stable at 17 despite a smaller intake in 2014, and apprenticeship numbers are on target at 30. In addition, six undergraduate students undertook paid vacation work with Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun from November 2014 through to February 2015.

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2013

2014

2014

Performance

2015

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

703

725

813

813

Contractors (Category 1)

321

453

453

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Apprentice intake

5

7

4

7

Graduate intake

6

3

8

6

Local employment

92%

92%

94%

95%

Indigenous employment (excluding Contractors)

0.1%

2.9%

3.0%

3.0%

Training and development

We recognise the importance of leadership and believe that it is a key driver behind the success of our operations and the culture of our site. Leadership Essentials is a training programme that has been created to ensure that our leaders have the appropriate skills and tools available to them to lead their teams successfully. A key component of this training focuses on performance management and aims to ensure development plans are in place for all employees. The programme commenced in 2014 but will remain a key focus for the site in 2015.

Employee Benefits

Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun employees have access to a wide range of employee benefits including:

Employee Benefits
  • Rio Tinto Better Health Cover: this offer fully funds the cost of the Medibank Essential Hospital cover with $500 excess as well as providing a Medibank hotline for Rio Tinto employees.

  • Rio Tinto Medical Plus: assists employees and their families by reimbursing certain medical expenses such as hospital admission, travel and accommodation, and funeral expenses.

  • Rio Tinto Staff Death and Disability Scheme: provides eligible employees with a valuable insurance benefit in the event of death, total and permanent disability, or trauma.

  • Salary packaging: employees have an opportunity to allocate before tax salary towards eligible benefits.

  • Employee discounts: corporate discounts across a range of financial services, health services, retail, travel and vehicles.

Lifestyle Package Usage
Case Studies

Process technician salary progression and career paths

Process technicians at Yarwun now have greater visibility on how to develop and progress their career within the business.
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