Better known as a garrison town for the British Army, Catterick in North Yorkshire is now cementing its reputation for professionalism as home to the latest quarry site to achieve PRIME site status from the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).
Since the concept of PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extractives) in 2014 Tarmac have provided their full support to this very important industry lead initiative and taken it to the next level.
The October meeting of Yorkshire Branch at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby gathered to hear a presentation by IQs General Manager Mike Phillips on the subject of the PRIME (Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction) initiative.
We would like to understand how the PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extraction) project has impacted you!
Since its launch PRIME (Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction) has been recognising the contribution of the previously unsung hero’s in our sector, providing a platform for due recognition and reward to those engaged with the project. By distinguishing these individuals as true professionals, through the introduction of a new membership grade of the Institute of Quarrying, the Technical Member (TMIQ) status recognises this professionalism. This is through the achievement of vocational and other qualifications along with the completion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which combine to form a crucial link in the overall career pathway, running from a level 2 NVQ/QCF to a full Honours Degree.
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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.”