We are disappointed to announce that due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision not to go ahead with this year's proposed NSW Pathways Program.

We have the safety of the candidates, their families, mentors, our staff, service providers and all involved as our first priority and have arrived at this decision on the basis of current guidance from State and Federal health departments. Approximately 40 people had registered an interest in the Program and we've greatly appreciated their understanding as we work through the challenges presented by the pandemic.    

Glencore remains committed to rolling out the NSW Pathways Program in 2021 and we will continue to work behind the scenes with our staff and service providers to be ready to commence in 2021.  

We will also re-open for new applications in advance of the 2021 Program.  We will announce the dates calling for applications later in 2020 or early 2021.Current applications will held on file, and those applicants will remain in consideration for the 2021 Program.

Program Goals

The Pathways Program aims to provide employment opportunities for 15 Aboriginal Australians living in or with connections to the Upper Hunter area of New South Wales. It builds on a successful pilot Pathways Program conducted in Queensland, which resulted in participants provided the opportunity for employment at the end of the 26 week program.

Program structure

The Program is broken into two phases. Phase 1 provides participants with back to work 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 Tim Walls, manager for approvals and cultural heritage for Glencore Coal in New South Wales. 

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

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Tim Walls, Approvals & Cultural Heritage Manager, Glencore Coal.  Phone: 0438433857; Email: tim.walls@glencore.com.au 

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