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Extracting Excellence: The move to ISO 14001:2015

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, standards, professionalism, environment

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Standards and professionalism is a key segment of the Institute of Quarrying’s Skills Wheel, covering all of the key regulations and standards that affect the quarrying and mineral extractive industries. The most well known environmental standard ISO 14001 is one of the key tools that many organisations use in managing their environmental impacts which in recent years has been revised.

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How leadership influences positive behaviour

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 9:18:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, Leadership, Safety

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In leadership, people and relationships are more important than tasks. Tasks do matter, but the main role of a good leader is to motivate and inspire other people to do tasks well. So what are the good leadership initiatives that help drive and positively reinforce the winning behaviours helping unlock positive change management in the mineral extractives and quarrying sector?

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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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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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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 partner with National Fluid Power Centre

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2017 3:52:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, CPD, innovation

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James Thorne, newly in post as chief executive at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is clear about the importance of the Skills Wheel and why IQ is championing the benefits of continuous professional development to its members. He is equally clear about the importance of up-to-date knowledge and the application of innovation within the mineral extractives sector.
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Development key to future success

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

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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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Raising standards and professionalism globally

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2017 3:19:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, standards, professionalism

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The entire UK economy relies on minerals, according to ‘The UK Mineral Extraction Industry’ CBI report in February 2016. It estimated UK mineral extraction at 210mt with a value of £15bn, contributing 16 per cent of the UK total economy.

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