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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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IQ Australia marks centenary with UK study tour

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2017 9:05:00 AM / by Danny Duke posted in IQ, Centenary, International, IQ Member

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Setting off for the UK on our 10,500-mile IQ centenary quarrying odyssey at the end of April 2017, we left Australia behind bathed   in   late-autumn   sunshine,   arriving   in the UK as spring took hold. Our group of 17 members of the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) have quarrying in our blood. A few of us arrived early and enjoyed a couple of days of leisure before the start of our intensive 12-day study tour, organized in partnership with our UK colleagues at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).
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Paul Clark: from Doncaster to Dubai

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 4:22:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Member, members, Careers

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A case study on the alternative journey a career in quarrying can take you.

Paul Clark is General Manager at Arabian Explosives (AREX) in the United Arab Emirates. He has come a long way, both professionally and geographically, since starting out his career in a small market town in South Yorkshire in 1988.

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