Employment pathways

Our people are fundamental to our success. A diverse workforce is essential for sustainable business growth.

We treat our people fairly and with respect, ensuring you have the opportunity to develop your careers to match your potential. We invest in selection, training and development to ensure you have the skills in the workplace.

Learn more about our available programs below.

Entry-level and introductory programs

Our Indigenous Employment Program offers Indigenous Australians a two-stage path to full-time work with our Mount Isa Mines operation:

  • Stage 1 - work ready course (12 weeks), all participants
  • Stage 2 - mining school (12 weeks), select participants.

Participants receive ongoing support, including mentorship from fellow Indigenous employees. Upon completion, they have an opportunity to be selected to progress into full-time employment with us or a contracting partner.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and meet additional requirements to ensure they are suited to work at a mine site and can successfully complete the program.

Program opportunities are advertised in our local communities and through our partnering employment agencies.

Exciting opportunities are available for Indigenous Australians to work for Glencore at Queensland Metals.

Vacation Employment Program

Experience up to 12 exciting weeks of on-the-job work experience during the university summer break from your bachelor degree studies.

The Vacation Employment Program allows you to use your theoretical knowledge in a real, working mine environment, while providing a stepping-stone to your graduate career.

Graduate Program

Our Graduate Program is two years of intensive technical and leadership development that will kick start your career in the resources sector after you've completed a bachelor degree in a relevant field.

For details, and how to apply, download the Queensland Metals graduate brochure (PDF 6MB).

What to study

Our student and graduate programs are open to those studying:

  • engineering, including chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining, geotechnical
  • accounting, community relations, environmental science, geology/earth science/geophysics, human resources, occupational health and safety
  • information systems/information technology.

Discover more about graduate opportunities on Glencore Australia's website.

During vacation period, university students can experience up to 12 weeks on the job at one of Glencore’s Queensland Metals sites.

We boast one of Queensland’s largest private apprenticeship programs.

Our four-year Apprenticeship Program consists of on-the-job practical learning at Mount Isa Mines and Townsville, and off-site training with TAFE North Queensland.

By moving our apprentices throughout our operations and exposing them to a variety of environments, we provide a world-class start to your career.

We offer instruction in:

  • electrical
  • auto electrical
  • diesel fitting
  • radio technical
  • boiler making
  • mechanical
  • fitter machinist
  • refrigeration.

Our apprentices are embedded in our operations to gain support, improved training and development outcomes, and better transitional opportunities into vacant jobs at the end of training.

Program intake for 2023

Applications for the 2023 intake open on Monday 4 July and close on Monday 8 August.

Our apprentices receive support, training and development, and transitional opportunities into vacant roles at the end of their training.

Queensland Metals' School Leavers Program provides an exciting opportunity for local year 12 students in Mount Isa to explore a career in the resources industry.

The School Leavers Program provides opportunities in a variety of roles, including:

  • technical services intern
  • junior labourer
  • junior administration.

The program can run from three to twelve months and offers job-specific training and career development opportunities.

The School Leavers Program is advertised seasonally on our website and social media channels, and directly with our local secondary schools.

School leavers experience work first-hand in a world-class mining operation.

The Glencore Girls for Mining Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in North Queensland, providing opportunities to local year 12 students in Mount Isa and select Townsville schools.

Mentorship by an experienced professional offers invaluable insights into organisational and professional life and helps you plan your future career.

You’ll be encouraged through this semi-structured mentor program to seek information and guidance from your mentor about your career direction and future employment goals.

The Girls for Mining Mentorship Program is advertised seasonally on our website and social media channels, and directly with local secondary schools.

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