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Apprenticeships: The future of the mineral extractives industry?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Apprenticeships, members, University of Derby

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Apprenticeship programmes are an increasingly popular pathway into the world of work, with many apprentices going on to enjoy successful careers at the highest levels. The quarrying sector is no different, with operators large and small welcoming the flexible approach to personal and professional development both in the workplace and classroom.

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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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