Our iconic Mount Isa Mines (MIM) asset in north-west Queensland has a long history of working with the Kalkadoon people. Since signing an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in 2011 we have continued to work with the Kalkadoon people to deepen our relationship and achieve better community development and employment outcomes.
In 2014 we revised an existing indigenous employment programme to train and mentor local indigenous people working for us as trainees, and transition them into full-time jobs across our business.
We work in partnership with a number of local organisations on this programme, including work-ready training provider Myuma, which is run by indigenous people.
The AUD1.3 million programme provides training and mentoring opportunities for up to 48 local people every year; to date, 80 people have successfully completed the programme.
After our recruitment process, trainees attend a 12-week programme at the Myuma Group Vocational Training and Employment Centre to introduce them to the mining industry in a safe and supported environment. Trainees live at a residential campsite where they gain key qualifications, have access to indigenous mentors, and experience the values and work ethic required for full-time employment.
Our trainees then enter a 12-week supported employment programme at MIM to get first-hand experience in an underground mining environment, with the guidance and support of a dedicated full-time supervisor and mentor. Those who successfully complete the first two stages have the opportunity to apply for full-time employment at our operations.
In 2015 we expanded the programme to include Ernest Henry Mining, an asset near Cloncurry. A surface programme has also been introduced at the MIM copper concentrator to offer more job diversity.
Eighteen graduates of the programme are now in full-time employment at MIM, either directly with Glencore or as contractors. In 2016 we will begin to partner successful graduates with experienced indigenous employees from across our workforce to provide ongoing mentoring and support, and improve long-term employment outcomes.