Seven new mining trainees welcomed to Northparkes

 CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) are excited to introduce our seven new mining trainees. At Northparkes, we understand that getting a job in the mining industry can be challenging with limited or no experience.


Earlier this year, we designed a traineeship program to create a ‘foot in the door’ opportunity for local residents who demonstrate initiative, a positive attitude and the desire to work in an underground mining environment.


The structured Mining Traineeship program is a first in many years for Northparkes and our Underground Mining Operations team. This program is a contribution to our ongoing commitment to developing a skilled and diverse workforce.


Rob Cunningham, Manager – Mining Operations, said, “The traineeship program at Northparkes is a new approach to attract people into mining at an entry level role. The traineeship is creating a pipeline of new people into the mining industry.”


At the conclusion of the two year traineeship, each trainee will be a multi-skilled miner, having had practical hands on experience, including the opportunity to operate heavy machinery and learn about automation, whilst gaining a nationally recognised Certificate III in Metalliferous Mining.


The trainees will begin a two year structured program in our Underground Mining Operations team. Each trainee will spend 12 months working with the underground development crews, six months working with the underground production crews and six months with our underground service crews.

Hubert Lehman, Acting Managing Director, Northparkes, said, “Originally the traineeship program was going to be offered to four local candidates, however due to the large number and quality of applications, we made the decision to offer seven traineeships.”


We are currently seeking expressions of interest for our Traineeship Program in the areas of health, ore processing, administration, finance/accounting and underground mining. Our traineeship program is designed to give you a solid foundation to kick start your mining career and fast track you into exciting positions.


On the job training combined with TAFE qualifications will help you make your mark at Northparkes while you also enjoy an awesome lifestyle. For more information, please visit our website at

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:

Ali Standen

Northparkes Mines

Community & External Relations Advisor

02 6861 3621

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