Feb 19, 2019

Glencore apprentices get set for the challenge

Glencore apprentices get set for the challenge This year's intake of apprentices at Mount Isa Mines.

Over 70 apprentices will begin work in Queensland this year as part of Glencore’s latest intake.

A total of 112 apprentices will kick of their career Australia-wide, joining the 250 second, third and fourth-year apprentices spread across Glencore’s coal, copper, zinc and nickel businesses.

“As one of Australia’s largest natural resource sector employers, Glencore offers in-house apprenticeships across a wide variety of trades, including electrical, mechanical, fabrication, plumbing, carpentry and diesel fitting,” a Glencore spokesperson said.

“From Singleton to Mount Isa and Cloncurry to Borroloola, Glencore is providing the building blocks to help grow tomorrow’s talent, with nationally-recognised trade qualifications and strong career pathways for the future.”

Among the new apprentices is Casten Lemson, who grew up in Charters Towers and moved to Mount Isa to complete Mount Isa Mines’ Indigenous Employment Program.

Casten has now started at Mount Isa Mines’ copper operation as an apprentice diesel fitter.

“I’ve always wanted to be a tradie and was very keen on vehicle maintenance at school,” he said.

“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 would have had in Charters Towers.”

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the apprentices 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,” Mr 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 per cent.”

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