Glencore ups intake of apprentices in Australia

Glencore's 2019 apprentice intake.

Glencore is supporting its status as one of Australia’s leading mining industry employers by significantly boosting its number of apprentices in 2019.

The diversified miner has grown its apprenticeship program to now include 362 young men and women based in regional communities throughout Australia.

Glencore is welcoming 112 new apprentices to its Australian coal, copper, zinc and nickel businesses this year alone.

They join the company’s 250 second, third and fourth-year apprentices in Australia.

Glencore aims to provide the building blocks to help grow tomorrow’s talent with nationally-recognised trade qualifications and strong career pathways through its apprenticeship program.

Nick Watson, who completed his High School certificate at Singleton High School in New South Wales last year, has joined Glencore as an electrical apprentice at the Mangoola coal mine this year.

“I’m really excited to learn new skills that will provide a foundation for my working career, to meet new friends and enjoy the challenge of working at a complex, industry-leading mine site like Mangoola,” Watson said.

Casten Lemson, who grew up in Charters Towers, Queensland and moved to Mount Isa to complete Mount Isa Mines’ Indigenous Employment Program, is another 2019 recruit.

Lemson is this year starting at Mount Isa Mines’ copper operations as an apprentice diesel fitter.

“I’ve always wanted to be a tradie and was very keen on vehicle maintenance at school. Mount Isa Mines’ Indigenous Employment Program helped me see a clear path forward and the apprenticeship program is providing me with a career opportunity I never ever would have had in Charters Towers,” Lemson said.

In the Northern Territory, Tannah Gould is joining Glencore’s McArthur River mine (MRM) zinc team to begin her trade in engineering – fabrication within the metallurgy area.

From Darwin, Gould undertook seven days’ work experience with McArthur’s environment team last year before completing Year 12 at Nhulunbuy High School.

“My work experience placement made me want to work at MRM straight away. The people challenge you to make yourself better every day. I’m most excited to kick-off my trade, craft metal with my hands and create something from raw natural resources,” Gould said.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) noted that 74 of the new Glencore apprentices would be based in the state.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the cohort of young women and men were embarking on a long and rewarding career in the resources sector.

“I congratulate Glencore for this significant increase in apprenticeship numbers which will bring life changing opportunities to these young apprentices,” Macfarlane said.

“Over 12 months the resources sector has created a job every 40 minutes which is helping drive down the state’s stubbornly high unemployment rate which is above 6 percent.”

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