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South32 Worsley Alumina Apprentices win top prizes

16 JUNE 2023

South32 Worsley Alumina apprentices claimed the top prizes in two of the three categories at the annual Rotary Collie Apprenticeship Awards on Thursday, 15 June at the Collie Ridge Motel.

Noah Wyatt, fourth yearboilermaker welder, received the Shire of Collie Final-Year Apprentice Award and Lara Rognetta, third year mechanical fitter received the Synergy, Connor Jackson and Jack Barton Second-Year Apprentice Award.

The Awards, which have been running for more than 25 years, encourage and recognise excellence in vocational training in the delivery of courses and apprentice performance.

Noah, who is an excellent communicator with a strong problem-solving ability, has worked across many areas of the Refinery throughout his apprenticeship developing his skillset as a boilermaker welder. Noah has been mentoring a younger Apprentice at work and has been involved in many successful shutdown and rebuild works, such as the complex and successful rebuild of the Calciner 3 Bullhorn Furnace project.

“Noah presents himself every shift in a manner that achieves a ZERO harm safety record in compliance to company policies & procedures. His approach to job organization and planning results in jobs being completed on time with zero re-work.” Said Corey Falco, Worsley Alumina Site Welding Coordinator.

“Noah will always ask for extra tooling to make the job run smoother and more efficiently incorporating new technology. His work fronts are always kept clean whilst on the job and left in a safe state.”

Noah has been supported throughout his apprentice journey by the fabrication tradespeople who provided mentoring: Craig Cahill, Troy Lubcke, Dan Landfried, Mitchell Egan, Dan Grazier, and the on-site contracting team from JWS.

Lara, known as a steadfast team player with a continual focus on both her own and the team’s improvement, has proactively leaned into opportunities to develop her skillset and ensure shared learnings are recorded, when necessary, through the creation of new SWI’s. Lara has applied herself to all projects she’s been involved with, a standout was the work haring her experience as an apprentice fitter with many of the schools that visit the Refinery. 

“Lara works well with both the maintenance team members and the specialist contractors who come to site, working together to achieve a successful outcome," said Area 2 Supervisor Joe Pinzone.

“Lara’s tasks are completed safely and in the planned allocated time. Her creation of an SWI for future use highlights her sense of team in ensuring safe practice for all in the future”

At work Lara has been mentored in particular by her grandfather, Sam Rognetta, Troy Lubcke, Joe Pinzone and the Area 2 crew who have encouraged her to take her work to the next level.

The awards were open to apprentices who had completed their first, second or final year of training, and who are employed by a business within the Collie Shire.

Worsley Alumina 2024 Apprenticeship applications open on the 27 June 2023 , learn more online at