Early careers
Future leaders

Glencore is one of the world’s largest globally diversified natural resource companies. Across its Industrial and Marketing business segments, Glencore produces​ and markets more than 60 commodities spanning the metals and energy market in over 35 countries.​

Glencore employs Over 140,000 employees and contractors and generates gross revenues of over $34.1 billion. ​

Glencore and Development Beyond Learning (DBL) have partnered since 2011, and more than 800 grads have experienced the programme. ​


The need for a bottom-up approach to create Glencore leaders of tomorrow who will anticipate, understand, and add value to the future​

To reach this goal, the following objectives were identified: ​

  • Create and support new leaders who are resilient, committed and empowered to move into technical or business leadership roles across the organisation.​
  • Increase the internal demand for graduates to support Glencore’s expansion.​
  • Enhance the role that graduate managers play in supporting the programme objectives and to improve business retention. ​


Glencore’s environment: DBL contextualised its content to Glencore’s work environment with key behavioural skills mapped to their competency framework. ​

Rotational Managers’ involvement: to support graduates throughout the programme. This included their active participation during learning interventions, such as the “leadership Conference”, and timely and consistent on-the-job support.​

Blended Learning: The New Leaders Graduate Development Programme is a blended learning programme encompassing face-to-face workshops, online learning, resource books, and workbooks.​

Tangible results

Demand: internal demand for graduates from the business has increased from 40 in 2022 to 70 in 2023 across 18 disciplines, providing a mix of technical specialist and business function areas.​

Retention: over a five-year period (2018 to 2022), Glencore retention was at 83% vs the Australia Mining industry average retention at 69%.​

Quality of content: 2023 cohort feedback on the quality of workshop content: was at 91% – Content ratings were up +5% year on year.​


"Our graduate programme is a key pipeline of future talent into our business. Former graduates now manage key functional, technical and operational areas of our business and lead teams and sites which leverage the leadership skills honed in the formative years of their career as a Glencore Graduate."
Michelle Montgomery
HR Manager