Glencore Indigenous Employment Pathways Program


We are disappointed to announce that due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision that the proposed NSW Pathways Program will not be conducted this year.

We have the safety of the candidates, their families, mentors, our staff, service
providers and all involved as our first priority and have arrived at this
decision on the basis of current guidance from State and Federal health

Approximately 40 people had registered an interest in the Program and we’ve greatly appreciated their understanding as we work through the challenges presented by the pandemic.    

Glencore remains committed to rolling out the NSW Pathways Program in 2021, and we will continue to work behind the scenes with our staff and service providers to be ready to commence in 2021.  

We will also re-open for new applications in advance of the 2021 Program.We will announce the dates calling for applications later in 2020 or early 2021.

Current applications will be held on file, and those applicants will remain in
consideration for the 2021 Program.


The Pathways Program aims to provide employment opportunities for 15 Aboriginal Australians living in or with connections to the Upper Hunter area of New South Wales. It builds on the successful Pathways Program that we have conducted in Queensland, which resulted in participants being provided the real opportunity for employment at the end of the 26-week program.


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

"The Pathways Program has many parts to it", says Tim Walls, manager for
approvals and cultural heritage for Glencore Coal in New South Wales. 

"It provides a training and work experience program but just as importantly it is a
way for Aboriginal people to connect back to country and shape their own
future. From our point of view, we saw an opportunity to engage with
local communities in the areas where we operate in order to provide
potential opportunities for employment in both our business and with other
local employers."