Alcoa Australia

When a loyal client had to cease operations, we helped them empower their people to find a new beginning.


Roll up

Alcoa Australian Rolled Products (AARP) was Australia’s largest aluminium sector operator (incorporating the country’s biggest aluminium recycling plant).

Despite a proud 51-year history and a $60 million payroll, AARP was not immune to rapid global change. Its Point Henry and Yennora rolling mills served domestic and Asian markets that had become awash with excess capacity – making the business unviable.

Faced with the immense task of closing and offshoring all its Australian operations, AARP approached DeakinPrime in mid-2014.

The business challenge? To find ways to recognise and support AARP leaders facing end-of-year redundancy.

Tested mettle

DeakinCo’s approach was to create an integrated solution that recognised AARP leaders’ experience via a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

We then awarded qualifications appropriate to these leaders’ expertise.

Treating each person with the individual attention they deserved, we assessed enterprise-wide training, then conducted interviews and assessment exercises with every leader.

Through this RPL process, the vast majority of participants were awarded a Deakin University Diploma of Management.

We also ran training days to provide a ‘kitbag’ of essential skills to support participants in their post-AARP endeavours.

Silver lining

Feedback from all levels of AARP was overwhelmingly positive.

As a result of this program, experienced Alcoa leaders became better equipped, qualified and prepared to rise to new challenges and secure fresh job opportunities.

At DeakinCo, we were honoured to support a valued and long-standing client during a very difficult time.

"With these skills, our employees are well placed to transition into future employment."
Malcolm Murphy - Managing Director