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Glencore champions jobs in regional Queensland

Media statement
Brisbane, Australia
28 June 2021


Glencore is investing in entry-level job opportunities across Queensland, with 266 apprentices and 115 graduates currently building their resource sector careers with Glencore’s Coal and Queensland Metals businesses.

We continue to be one of Queensland’s largest natural resource sector employers and have a range of entry-level programs, including for school leavers and university graduates, and people of all ages looking for a new challenge or career opportunity.

“We’re proud that we have been able to continue hiring and providing exciting and well-paid jobs to support Queensland’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Glencore’s Regional Human Resource Lead Jodie Hope said.

“Glencore employs 8,590 people across the state at our operations generating $8 billion in total economic value,” said Ms Hope.


“This year, 67 first-year apprentices and 51 graduates started their careers across Glencore sites, many of whom come from the regional communities where we operate.

“From Mount Isa and Cloncurry in the north-west, to Clermont and Tieri in Central Queensland, our employment programs provide a challenging mix of on-the-job experience and mentoring by some of the best leaders in the business.

“Recruitment campaigns for our programs occur year round. Applications for our 2022 Queensland Metals Apprenticeship Program are currently open and applications have recently closed for our 2022 Coal Apprenticeship Program, with candidate selection underway.”


The Queensland Metals Apprenticeship Program offers opportunities in the electrical, auto electrical, diesel fitting, fitter welder, radio technician, boilermaker, mechanic, fitter turner and refrigeration trades.

In addition to the first-class training and mentoring opportunities, the four-year program rotates apprentices across Glencore’s diverse operations and is tied to a direct career path within the business.

“Not only do we have a large number of apprentices across many different trades, we have a high completion rate of 96% over the past five years, significantly above the general industry rate of 56% for trades,” Ms Hope said.


“We look for bright, curious and confident people and provide them with the tools and support they need to succeed.

“Many of our Australian leaders began their careers as apprentices or graduates and have progressed their careers to senior management in our organisation.”

Glencore’s in-house employment programs include opportunities for university graduates, apprenticeships, trainees, vacation and work experience students, as well as school leavers.

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For further information, please contact:

Agata Graham
m: +61 478 304 345
e: Agata Graham

Francis De Rosa
m: +61 417 074 751
e: Francis De Rosa

Nadine Roberts
m: +61 436 341 650
e: Nadine Roberts


Notes for editors

About Glencore

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsible-sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites and oil production assets.

With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices. Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 135,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Our ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050.

For more information, visit Glencore's website

About Glencore Australia

Glencore produces coal, copper, cobalt, nickel and zinc from 25 mines across Australia. We also operate metals processing assets in Queensland, including a copper smelter, lead smelter and copper refinery.

We employ 17,690 people in Australia and in 2020 contributed over $13.8 billion to the regional, state and national economies. The most significant contribution came from our core business activities: employing people, sourcing from local communities and paying taxes to host governments.