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Glencore Coal Summer Vacation Employment Program welcomes 101 tertiary students | The Maitland Mercury

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Glencore has welcomed its biggest intake of their Coal Summer Vacation Employment Program, with 101 tertiary students set to gain on-the-job experience during the current university break. The 2021 intake is the largest on record for the Coal program, with 58 students placed at NSW operations and another 43 across Queensland sites. Glencore’s Human Resources manager Tracey Clements said it was exciting to see such a diverse mix of disciplines and backgrounds entering the coal mining industry. “This year 23 of the 101 students are mining engineers, which is fantastic given the shortage in the industry and the requirement to provide industrial experience to qualify for graduation,” she said. “We also have students from disciplines including mechanical and electrical engineering, environmental science, finance and accounting, geology, human resources and information technology.” Shirlee Duke, a Chemical Engineering and Business Management students at the University of Queensland, is one of many undertaking vacation work at Glencore. She will be spending 12 weeks working as a process engineering at Ravensworth Coal Handling and Preparation Pant near Singleton. “My passion for the resources and products that form the building block of today’s society made we want to pursue a career as a process engineer,” she said. “Not all of the skills taught in the classroom at university prepare you for the job, and so I wanted to gain experience in understanding how one of the largest mining companies in the world operates and what makes it successful.” From assisting with daily stockpile drives to stocks reconciliation, Shirlee said no two days at the site are the same. “If your’re considering applying for the Vacation program, do it,” she said. “You will complete the program having learned so much technically, as well as about how a mine operates, how teams interact and the importance of implementing safety protocols.”

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