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Bringing learning to life

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2018 2:06:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Education, University of Derby

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Sometimes the best way to learn about something is to see it in action. That’s the thinking behind a series of informative, hands-on annual study tours organised by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products . The latest tour has been hailed a great success.
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Innovation: leader or follower?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2018 10:36:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, innovation, membership

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 A quick review of the annual reports of the top FTSE 100 companies and there’s one buzzword that appears over and over again. Innovation; whether it’s a company value or a brand expression, innovation is everywhere.

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Why education and training matters

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2018 10:21:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in CPD, Education, Training, membership, lifelong learning, development

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The importance of continuing professional development (CPD) for employees in the mineral extractive sector should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals and ensures continued professional competence and ‘fitness for purpose’.

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Getting age ready for quarrying's future

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2018 10:09:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Education, Careers, development, Apprenticeships

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Almost 10 million people in employment in the UK are over the age of 50, equivalent to more than 30% of the workforce1. The age profile of people employed in the mineral extractives sector is even more polarised than the wider national picture, with 55 per cent aged over 45 years and only 17 per cent aged 18-342. In future decades, a high proportion of this group will leave work permanently, taking acquired skills and experiences with them.

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Roundtable with IQ international presidents

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2018 9:57:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ, International, standards, professionalism

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This year’s Institute of Quarrying (IQ) ‘Inspiring for Generations’ centenary conference provided the backdrop to a rare gathering of the Institute’s presidents from around the world.

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Strength in recognising weaknesses

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2017 2:41:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, personal effectiveness, Careers, development

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Like any industry, successful professionals within the quarrying and mineral extractives sector are acutely aware of their own personal attributes and how to develop their skills in different areas to keep their career moving forward.
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A perfect fit: Quarry Garden at NMA reimagined

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2017 2:29:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ, Centenary

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A new garden space - donated by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) as part of its centenary celebrations - has been officially opened at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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#ThisGirlCan

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 5:08:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Careers, IQ Member, diversity

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Shotfirer. Surveyor. Geotechnical engineer. Quarry manager. Technical development manager. These are just a few of the job roles that are fulfilled by the increasing number of women now finding opportunities to start and progress their careers through continuous professional development in today’s quarrying and mineral extractives sector.

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Keep your employees close and communities closer

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 12:12:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, engagement, Training, development

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The importance of engaging with colleagues, communities and wider stakeholders for quarrying and mineral extractives operators large and small is no longer a luxury but is increasingly now embedded in corporate strategy and business culture.

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IQ Quarry Garden best in show

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2017 3:09:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ, Centenary

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Institute of Quarrying's centenary quarry garden project wins hat trick of awards at first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

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