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A closed door. A new opportunity. What's the connection?

Media statement
9 June 2020


Fletcher Tomes started at McArthur River Mine (MRM) in 2018 as a second year Electrical Maintenance Apprentice after the company he was working for closed down.

For Fletcher, completing his apprenticeship with Glencore’s MRM has opened up a world of opportunity in the resources sector.

“Being exposed to large industrial equipment and focusing on fault-finding has really accelerated my learning,” Fletcher said.

“It’s great to work in a role that keeps you busy and challenged.”

Fletcher joins almost 450 other apprentices already working for Glencore across coal, copper and zinc operations in Australia.

The born and bred Darwin local is due to complete his apprenticeship at the end of 2020.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Apprenticeship Program, with opportunties existing at MRM.

“We’re proud to be one of Australia’s largest natural resource sector employers that offers in-house apprenticeships”, said Jodie Hope, Regional Human Resources Lead for Glencore Australia. 

“Our program supports a variety of trades, including electrical, mechanical, fabrication, plumbing, carpentry and diesel fitting,” she said.

“We focus on local talent in the regional communities where we operate. In places like Mount Isa, Cloncurry, the Bowen Basin and broader Mackay region in Queensland; the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Cobar in New South Wales; and McArthur River Mine in the Northern Territory.”

“Glencore provides an opportunity to earn while learning, with daily interaction and mentoring from some of the best in the business.

Applications for Glencore’s nationally recognised program at McArthur River Mine are open from 1 July to 31 July 2020.


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Notes for editors


Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 commodities. The Group's operations comprise over 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 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, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore’s companies employ around 160,000 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.

McArthur River Mining

McArthur River Mining (MRM) is located in the Northern Territory approximately 970 kilometres south-east from Darwin and 60 kilometres south-west of its closest town of Borroloola. MRM mines one of the world’s largest zinc and lead deposits. Established as an underground operation in 1995, MRM converted to open pit mining in 2006. MRM produces zinc and lead in concentrates which are primarily exported through Bing Bong loading facility on the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The current mine life extends to 2036.

The mine provides direct employment to about 1,000 people, including contractors. In 2018, we spent $84.7 million on wages, $59.4 million on capital projects, $321.4 million on goods and services – much of which we sourced locally – and $1.8 million on community investment projects.