McArthur River Mine in Australia has been implementing its employment and training strategy, Pathways to Employment, in consultation with industry and community stakeholders. The programme has been developed and implemented in a culturally sensitive manner, in accordance with Glencore's global SD Framework.

The multi-year, three-stage process ultimately leads to certification and career opportunities within Glencore and includes:

  • Pre-employment: This stage targets indigenous students in grades 10-12 and includes work experience, tertiary study scholarships, general mentoring and a work-ready training programme that covers daily mine routines and balancing traditional culture with the workplace;
  • Entry-level programmes: This transitional stage provides the trainee with formal employment at the mine, in addition to a nationally accredited traineeship programme, an English language programme, heavy machinery simulation training and the potential to apply for a four-year trade qualification programme; and
  • Career development: Trainees who successfully complete the traineeship programme within 12 months are guaranteed a job at the mine and provided with a career development plan.

In 2010, 20 new trainees entered the programme. The mine also reached its goal of 20% of the workforce coming from the local indigenous population by the end of 2010.