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.
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.
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