As everyone knows, 2017 sees IQ celebrate its centenary and as we reach the halfway point in the year it is a good time to reflect on activities so far and look forward to the second half of the year.
Used by more than 30 countries worldwide and even powering the Mars Rover, nuclear power generates around 14% of the worlds electricity from over 400 nuclear power plants around the globe.
It hardly seems believable but I have reached the end of my first month with the Institute of Quarrying, it has been a packed few weeks and I have enjoyed every minute of it, needless to say it has been a huge learning curve for me. With every conversation there is something new that I learn and an appreciation of how much more there is for me to understand.
Our Head of Education, Julian Smallshaw was jetting off on his travels again this week, taking in the bright lights of Vegas at the Graduation for the IQ and NSSGA (National Stone Sand and Gravel Association) Graduate Conversion Programme.
I love an e-newsletter or email alert. Well mostly. Like a lot of you I subscribe to many different news alerts to try and keep on top of the latest thoughts and ideas that could affect our members. And probably like many of you I delete many almost instantly after a 5-10 second glance to see if there is anything of interest.
We've mentioned it a few times but 2017 is a special year for the Institute of Quarrying, after all its not every year you get to celebrate a birthday as momentous as being 100 years old!
As people go back to work in the New Year and start to look at their Continual Professional Development goals for 2017 we are happy help with the launch of a new qualification developed for the industry by IQ Academy.
The workshop at HQ is very busy this time of year, filled with merry jingles as the IQ elves are trying to wrap all the presents ordered from ShopatIQ ready for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve.
The news that bearded tits have been bred for the first time in Nottinghamshire has caused a few childish reactions in the IQ office. Despite the smutty humour behind the name of these pretty little creatures, the story behind the announcement demonstrates how the quarrying industry actively works with the natural environment with far reaching benefits.