Glencore's coal business has announced plans to expand its Indigenous Employment Pathways Program in to the New South Wales Hunter Valley area, in conjunction with JobTrail, the Indigenous services division of the WorkPac Group.  . 

Given the current circumstances associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, the Program’s commencement date has been temporarily deferred.  We will continue to monitor Government announcements and health advice as we plan for the re-commencement.  Representatives from WorkPac will maintain contact with those who have made application, to provide an update on the Program and its timing

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."


Applications for the 2020 Pathways Program are now closed. As noted above, the Program’s commencement date has been temporarily deferred.  

2020 Program locations

The 2020 Pathways Program will be delivered across Queensland and NSW. In Queensland, the Program will be based in the Bowen Basin townships of Tieri and Glenden, close to our operatons in those areas, and for New South Wales in the Muswellbrook-Singleton area, in proximity to our Upper Hunter coal operations.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Tim Walls, Approvals & Cultural Heritage Manager, Glencore Coal.  Phone: 0438433857; Email: 

Shaun Morris, Surface Superintendent, Oaky Creek Coal, Glencore. Phone: 0408158181; Email: