Creating a quarrying and mineral extractives sector future proofed for the next 100 years.

The Centennial Pledge is a two-way initiative developed by IQ in consultation with businesses representing both smaller, independent operators and large multi-nationals. Its ambition is to engage everyone involved in the mineral extractives supply chain - from extractors to contractors, apprentices to managing directors.

IQ's commitment is enshrined in its pledge to support career entry and young professionals. This will be achieved by creating dedicated support and resources for students and apprentices, including a new Young Professionals Network for networking and sharing of best practice. A clear, structured pathway to achieve Member of IQ (MIQ) status will also be developed, plus a Mentoring Scheme.

“The industry has seen many changes through the last 100 years and the advances in practice, technology and machinery have seen our members adapt and develop their skills to meet those changes. Our membership reflects that the industry has a diverse range of roles and opportunities and the IQ remains committed to supporting them achieve their ambitions.” 

James Thorne, Chief Executive of the Institute of Quarrying

An additional focus of IQ's Pledge is in developing standards and education. This will be achieved by carefully aligning its educational programmes with industry needs, including developing and growing its CPC and PRIME schemes. Support will be provided to organisations to embed the IQ membership pathway in apprenticeship and graduate schemes, whilst the IQ Skills Wheel will become the benchmark for competence and capability across the sector. IQ will also collaborate with sector stakeholders to support and share the work of QNJAC.

In return, industry will commit to supporting IQ development by ensuring all relevant employees become IQ members with a target of achieving 5000 members in the UK by 2021. Supporting students and apprentices to become members and encouraging employees to progress through membership grades. Industry will also become a free-flowing source of case studies and examples of best practice accessible to IQ members, provide speakers and support IQ events and engage in research and share innovation to help develop the profession.

Further details on the commitments forming the pledge are available here.

Support from the industry has been overwhelmingly positive and we invite you to become part of it.


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