Vacation students on board for Whyalla’s GREENIRON and GREENSTEEL journey

Ten students sign up for summer at LPS and SIMEC Mining

16 January 2024

The LIBERTY Primary Metals Australia (LPMA) Vacation Student Program continues to grow and is now playing a key role in Whyalla’s GREENIRON and GREENSTEEL ambitions.

Ten new students were introduced to LPMA’s SIMEC Mining (Whyalla Iron Ore) and LIBERTY Primary Steel (Whyalla Steelworks) operations for the 2023-24 holiday season. The vacation student initiative is part of the wider LPMA Pipeline talent recruitment program that also includes graduates and apprentices.

CEO Primary Steel and Mining, Theuns Victor welcomed the new vacation students on board. He said they would complement and contribute to the GFG Alliance transformation to GREENIRON and GREENSTEEL in Whyalla and the GFG Alliance Carbon Neutral by 2030 (CN30) ambition.

An important part of this journey is also investing in our own people and bringing new skills, talent and ideas into our business

CEO Primary Steel and Mining, Theuns Victor

“Our CN30 ambition drives our early efforts to decarbonise the steel industry and invest in new technologies on our GREENIRON and GREENSTEEL journey,” Mr Victor said.

“An important part of this journey is also investing in our own people and bringing new skills, talent and ideas into our business.

“The Vacation Student initiative, as part of the Pipeline Program, is a vital component of this process and represents the future of our business as we embark upon this exciting journey towards sustainability and our CN30 ambition.”

The vacation students are in their penultimate year of university study ranging across engineering disciplines. During their three-month vacation program, they are assigned to a relevant area of the business to apply their theoretical knowledge, gain experience in an operational setting and work on projects in their respective fields. 

The students will live and work in Whyalla as they complete their 3-month vacation placements from December through to February this year.

Head of Organisation Development for LPMA, Bianca Standing said the vacations students’ arrival at the business further demonstrates the businesses ongoing commitment to talent pipelines, and subsequently building future capability in our business and is also a feeder into our graduate program.

“This intake of vacation students will be assigned to relevant areas based on their disciplines, and will work on an improvement project during their placement” Bianca said.

“They also get a taste of what Whyalla has to offer as a wonderful place to work and live with opportunities for graduate placements next year.”

The vacation students completed their onboarding processes during December which included presentations from senior leaders.

Main picture: Whyalla Vacation Students – Back row: Chandra Patel, Sam Taylor, Bailey Schiller, Kade Morris. Front row: Rebecca Harris (Senior Workforce Development Advisor) Jonathan Richards, Sachin Pramod, Charles Gathiani, Katie Docking (Workforce Development Pipelines Advisor), Praveen Kumaravel and Denuwan Warantha Liyange.

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