Indigenous Employment Pathways Program

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Following on from our successful programs over the past three years, we are continuing to run our Indigenous Employment Pathways Program in both New South Wales and Queensland.

Three separate programs will be run, based in:

  • Singleton, in the New South Wales Upper Hunter area
  • Glenden, in Central Queensland
  • Tieri, in Central Queensland.  

We will look to select 15 participants for our Singleton program and 10 participants at each of our two Queensland programs.

Program goals

The Indigenous Employment Pathways Program aims to provide employment readiness for Indigenous Australians with connections to our coal mining operations in the New South Wales Upper Hunter area and in Central Queensland.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Indigenous Employment Pathways Program, you must:

  • live in or have connection to the areas where Glencore Coal operates in the New South Wales Upper Hunter area or in Central Queensland
  • actively seeking full-time employment
  • be prepared to participate in an assessment/interview process
  • hold a current driver's license
  • be able to meet Coal Board Medical requirements
  • be prepared to live away from home (Queensland only).

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 program, participants will have fulfilled the requirements to obtain a Certificate II in Surface Extraction.


Following a review of the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 and the advice from public health authorities, regretfully Glencore will delay the call for applications and commencement of the 2022 Pathways Program proposed to be run in New South Wales and Queensland. 

Glencore is committed to the delivery of Indigenous Employment Pathways Program, however the application dates for New South Wales and Queensland will be delayed subject to any changes/updates from the public health authorities in relation to COVID-19. 

Glencore takes the health and well-being of its workforce and neighbouring communities very seriously and has introduced a range of site restrictions to reduce the likelihood of the spread of the virus. 

Anyone who is interested in making an application for Pathways is urged to monitor this website for further updates on timing.

Further information

To learn more about the program, contact:

Brian French
Approvals and Cultural Heritage Manager, Glencore Coal
Tel: +61 419 427 561
Email: Brian French