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Babcock puts its people in PRIME position

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD, PRIME, CPC Scheme

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Babcock is delighted to be one of the inaugural companies to join the Institute of Quarrying’s Corporate Professional Competence Scheme through the PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extractives) Project. We believe that this accreditation standard is key to both focusing on the individual and in helping to mitigate some of the challenges that the industry currently faces through driving the upskilling, professionalism and active engagement of the workforce.

In employing over 28,000 people across the world, Babcock recognises the importance of investing in their development - both in helping them as individuals to progress as well as ensuring the quality of our delivery. We believe that PRIME offers a significant opportunity to our people operating in the Mining & Construction sector as it provides a recognised pathway for continuous career progression as well as highlighting the contribution made by individuals.

In rolling this out across our Mining & Construction business, we are continually raising awareness of IQ & PRIME through internal communications, meetings and toolbox chats. IQ & PRIME is also driving our annual performance appraisal process, and as part of this, we will be providing a mentoring programme to our engineers as they progress through their CPD Programme.

Keith Holland, Babcock’s Mining & Construction Director said: “We are delighted to be part of the PRIME scheme. It’s an outstanding initiative for both the industry and the individual.

Everyone within our business has a part to play to helping our customers to reduce the cost of quarrying materials and we are investing in PRIME as we believe its impact will further build on our performance and credibility within the sector.”

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First Gold Cards awarded at Hillhead 2014

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD

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An impressive display from the CAT Finning demonstration team was followed by the official unveiling of the new Gold card from MP Awards, setting a new standard in operator performance. Finning/ CAT included one of the first operators to attain the new gold standard, giving recognition of peoples professionalism, commitment and contribution they make to the industry, in their display team, which illustrates the extremely high standards achieved by the elite group who are gold card holders.

Summed up by Cedric Hollinsworth, Chairman of MPQC “The gold standard is all about operating efficiency, reducing operating costs and increasing productivity. By utilising advanced driver training techniques, coupled with the use of electronic telemetry, machinery owners will see a substantial reduction in operating costs, as a result of lower fuel consumption, less wear and tear on ground engagement equipment, reduced R&M, and higher productivity, all resulting in significantly improved profitability for the machine owning company”.

Setting a new ‘Gold’ standard for the industry, the bar to achieve this has been set deliberately high to ensure only the industries elite are able to attain this, providing true recognition to those possessing the high skillset needed.

Commenting on the new gold standard, MP Awards qualification development manager, John Bussey said: “The development of this new accreditation standard, hand in hand with Finning represents a key milestone in the delivery of the new PRIME campaign. It helps to recognise and professionalise a key part of the workforce, focusing on the individuals who can have a major impact on reducing the cost of quarrying materials.

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