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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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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, apprenticeships, careers, development

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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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Development key to future success

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2017 1:57:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in CPD, IQ Academy, Skills Wheel, Education, Training, skills

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Raising professional performance standards of the workforce in the quarrying, construction materials and related extractive and processing industries is key to the success of this essential part of the UK and global economy. But it’s long-term prosperity is also about presenting the sector as an attractive career opportunity to the next generation of quarrying professionals.
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