Hard work pays off for new Rio workers

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Chris Osborn, Cassandra Brown, Michelle Nolan and Jim Falconer.
Camera IconChris Osborn, Cassandra Brown, Michelle Nolan and Jim Falconer. Credit: Picture: Caitlyn Watts

The hard work of Rio Tinto graduates, apprentices and trainees was recognised last week at awards ceremonies across the State.

Rio Tinto’s Development Pipeline Awards celebrating excellent performance were held in Perth, Karratha and Tom Price with 15 winners.

The awards acknowledge the important contributions these employees make to their businesses, while highlighting people who have excelled in their careers at the Iron Ore and Dampier Salt operations.

Trainee of the region and trainee of the year award winner Cassandra Brown said she was shocked to win.

“I think everyone that does traineeships and apprenticeships put a lot of hard yards into it, and to get that recognition and confirmation that you’re on the right track is a pretty good feeling,” she said.

Apprentice excellence award winner Michelle Nolan said the award reinforced her efforts.

“It reinforces to me that what I am doing is right and to just keep doing what I am doing to get through the rest of my apprenticeship and hopefully move on to get my full-time role at the end,” she said.

“I was overwhelmed.

“I felt honoured in the first place to be nominated, let alone to make it as a finalist and then to win it.”

Rio Tinto’s Chris Osborn said the company was committed to developing the skills of its employees.

“What makes you really proud is the people who are at the start of their career and their commitment, their drive to succeed, their willingness to learn and their happiness,” he said.

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