Indigenous Scholarship holder offered graduate position

Indigenous Scholarship holder offered graduate position


Michael Thomas from Wellington was one of our 2014 recipients of the Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships. Michael studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of New England, Armidale campus. He received $5,000 and a laptop to assist him with his studies.


In addition to financial support, Michael was provided with the opportunity to complete work placement at Northparkes during his university vacations. “Work placement provided me with the skills and experience I needed to set myself up for success when I entered the work force following the completion of my degree.


“I completed my degree in 2017 and was offered a contractor’s position at Northparkes in the Environment team. This contract gave me the opportunity to learn more about the role the environment team provides across the business, as well as regulatory compliance with state and federal legislation,” he said.


In September this year, Michael was offered the Graduate Environmental Advisor role. Our two year graduate program of structured mentoring, development and support is designed to provide a solid foundation to kick start your mining career.


“Since starting my graduate position, I have worked across a portfolio of complex initiatives and contributed to their successful delivery. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities Northparkes has provided me with in my career so far. I look forward to getting as much as I can out of my graduate program.


“The work/life balance Northparkes offers, gives me the flexibility to travel to my home town of Wellington every weekend to see my family and friends,” said Michael.


Michael was recently crowned the World Cob Load Champion at the Cob Loaf Festival in Wellington. He scored a massive 476 out of 500 for his salmon creation.


Our 2019 Indigenous Scholarship Program is now open. The aim of the scholarship program is to encourage and support Indigenous students who are interested in a career in mining. The scholarship of offered to Indigenous students aged 30 or under, who have obtained entry into a university degree.


To apply please visit our website. Applications close 31 January 2019.


About CMOC-Northparkes Mines


Northparkes is a copper and gold mine located 27 kilometres north-west of Parkes, in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. Since 1993 Northparkes has been celebrated for our high-quality copper deposits, low cost operations and loyal, committed people. Northparkes is a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co., Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%).



Media enquiries:

Mrs Ali Standen

Northparkes Mines

Community & External Relations Advisor

02 6861 3621

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