Glencore joins mining majors in launching apprenticeship program

Glencore’s electrical apprentice Nick Watson at the Hunter Valley Skills Centre.

Glencore is opening new career opportunities across regional communities, with the major mining company set to launch its 2021 apprenticeship program.

The program will support a variety of trades, including electrical, mechanical, fabrication, plumbing, carpentry and diesel fitting.

Glencore Australia regional human resources lead Jodie Hope said that with almost 450 apprentices already working across their Australian coal, copper and zinc operations, they were now looking for next year’s new recruits.

“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,” Hope said.

“As Australians look ahead to rebuilding the economy and working safely in a COVID-19 environment, we believe that supporting people to develop a meaningful and well-paid career is more important than ever.”

Applications for Glencore’s coal programs will run through May 21 to June 21. Glencore copper and zinc program applications will open on July 1 through to July 31.

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and Hastings Deering are also welcoming new candidates to their 2021 apprenticeship programs, creating a total of around 150 opportunities across the three intakes.

Hastings Deering this week announced its plan to fill 40 new apprenticeship positions across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed the opportunities, noting that they would help fast-track Queensland’s economy post COVID-19.

“I congratulate Glencore, BHP and Hastings Deering for launching these vital employment pathway programs and providing life changing opportunities to apprentices at a time when many are looking for a job,” Macfarlane said.

“These programs compliment the work of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) – QRC’s education arm – which works with 75 schools across Queensland with help from industry to teach trades and previous intakes have included QMEA graduates,” he added.

QMEA is a partnership between QRC and the Queensland Government under the Gateway Industry Skills program.

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