Apprentices help Glencore ‘future-proof’ its business
The Queensland Metals Apprenticeship Program offers a pathway for careers in trades including electrical, diesel fitting, boiler making, fitter/welder, auto-electrical, motor mechanic or radio technician disciplines.
Glencore Queensland Metals manager risk audit and training Greg Palm said the program was about future-proofing the business ensuring it had the right mix of qualified skills for the future.
“Our comprehensive four-year program covers all aspects of the apprentices’ chosen field, and sees them rotated through different areas of our operation to learn important skills and gain a broad understanding of our business,” he said.
“It’s often forgotten amongst the focus on science and technology that skilled tradespeople play a key role in the day-to-day operations of our assets and keep things running smoothly.”
Cloncurry local Alex MacNamara feels at ease to know that he has secured a diesel-fitting apprenticeship in his home town.
“My goal at the end of school had always been to secure an apprenticeship with Glencore at Ernest Henry Mining,” he said.
“Being able to live in the town I grew up in, and learn my trade while making money makes everything easier.”
The driving force behind his decision stems from his grandad who showed Alex from a young age the ins and outs of diesel fitting.
“My granddad owned a grader plant hire company, so I grew up working on the mining equipment,” he said.
The apprentices spent their first week at the Mount Isa Mines Skills Centre and will undertake further upskilling before commencing on site.