​Glencore's coal business has announced plans to expand its Indigenous Employment Pathways Program in central Queensland, in conjunction with Indigenous-owned company Diversified Building Services (DBS) QLD Pty Ltd. 

Program Goals

Commencing in February 2020, the Program aims to provide employment opportunities for 20 Indigenous Australians with connections to the land close to several Glencore coal operations in Queensland.  It builds on a successful pilot Pathways Program conducted this year, which resulted in eight Indigenous participants provided the opportunity for employment at the end of the 26 week program. As part of the Program, participants will undertake a Certificate II in Surface Extraction, which provides them with a foundation to work as an operator in open cut mines and quarries. 

Program structure

The Program is broken into two phases. Phase 1 provides participants with work job ready skills, mine site compliance safety training and a range of life skills.  Phase 2 includes training and paid work experience that aims to get participants job ready.  At the completion of the 26 week program the participants will have fulfilled the requirements to obtain a Certificate II in Surface Extraction.

"The Pathways Program has many parts to it", says Brian French, manager for approvals and cultural heritage for Glencore Coal in Queensland. 

"It provides a training and work experience program but just as importantly it is a way for Indigenous people to connect back to country and shape their own future.  From our point of view, we saw an opportunity to engage with our Indigenous communities in the areas where we operate in order to provide potential opportunities for employment in both our business and with other local employers."

2020 Program locations

The 2020 Pathways Program will be based in the Bowen Basin townships of Tieri and Glenden, close to our Oaky Creek, Newlands and Hail Creek coal operations.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Brian French, Approvals & Cultural Heritage Manager, Glencore Coal.  Phone: 0419427561; Email: brian.j.french@glencore.com.au

Shaun Morris, Surface Superintendent, Oaky Creek Coal, Glencore. Phone: 0408158181; Email: shaun.morris@glencore.com.au