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Queensland Indigenous Pathways Employment Program graduates 14 participants

Media statement
Brisbane, Australia
22 October 2021


Glencore is pleased to announce 14 participants have graduated from our 2021 Indigenous Pathways Employment Program in Queensland.

We can also confirm 13 have already secured employment.

The purpose of the program is to provide employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians who live on, or have connection to the areas within which Glencore Coal operates in Queensland.

The 26-week program was based in two hubs in proximity to Glencore sites:

  • Glenden (Collinsville, Newlands and Hail Creek), and
  • Tieri (Clermont, Oaky Creek and Rolleston).

“This is our third year running the program,” Program Manager Mr Brian French said.

“Every year we try to provide an improved opportunity for the participants to be supported and gain valuable experience to assist them in securing employment within the resources sector or with one of our suppliers.

Indigenous Pathways Employment Program Graduates accept their certificates in Glenden.

“It’s a great outcome in 2021 to have had 11 participants secure onsite work opportunities, with two others securing employment elsewhere.

“I’m proud of all those involved. We’ve been able to establish a pathway to genuine employment and connect Indigenous people back to country as well.”

The program involves two phases: phase one focuses on mine inductions and medicals along with lifestyle training.

After this, participants undertake training in interviews and resume building to gain the capabilities and confidence needed to tackle the roles they are assigned when they move into real work experience in phase two.

These roles varied from underground mining, operators, warehouse assistants, trades assistants to bench support.

Participants from the 2021 Queensland Indigenous Pathways Employment Program in action.

“Phase 2 is effectively a 14-week job interview,” Mr French explained.

“We’re looking at attitude and performance over that period and while there’s no guarantee for employment, there’s genuine opportunity given the skills each participant has achieved.

“This year we’ve been very successful in candidates securing positions and our hope is that their commitment to working through the program to achieve their goals will inspire others in their respective communities.”


For further information, please contact:

Nathan Ryan
m: +61 487 549 843
e: Nathan Ryan


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

In Australia, Glencore produces coal, copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc, lead, silver and gold from 26 mining operations. We also operate metals processing assets in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, including metals smelters, concentrators and refineries. Our marketing business connects these Australian resources with industrial customers around the world. Through our diverse portfolio, we responsibly produce the resources required today and the minerals needed for the world’s transition to a low carbon economy.  

We employ 17,690 people in Australia and in 2020 contributed over $13.8 billion to the regional, state and national economies. Our most significant contribution comes from our core business activities: employing people, sourcing from local communities and paying taxes to host governments. At each of our sites, we focus on protecting our people, respecting the environment and being valued by the local communities in which we operate.