Presidents Blog

Whatever the weather - Hillhead shines for the industry!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2018 2:59:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in IQ Member, CPD, IQ Academy, Skills Wheel, members, membership

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Once again we have reached that point in our calendar where all attention turns to Hillhead. In the summer the Peaks are beautiful, but seasoned Hillhead visitors will know you can expect anything from snow to gales to glorious sunshine. 

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Putting CPD at the heart of business strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2018 2:58:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in CPD, IQ Academy, skills

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The term ‘Continuing Professional Development’, or acronym CPD, strikes fear into some and disdain in others. It can create an image of something that is time consuming and a burden. However, I believe that is because there are many common misconceptions around the core purpose of CPD, even what constitutes CPD.

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The value of apprenticeships

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2018 2:58:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in CPD, apprenticeships, lifelong learning

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Much has been written around the merits and challenges of apprenticeships, both nationally and within our own sector.  Whilst there are many discussions at the national level around aspects such as the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, it is important not to lose sight of the core purpose and value of apprenticeships.

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New year, new focus

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 1, 2018 2:57:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in Centenary, CPD, skills

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Happy New Year. How time flies when you’re enjoying yourself! It is hard to believe that this time a year ago we launched our centenary celebrations. Here we are 12 months later looking back on a year that I believe will be remembered not only for the success of the IQ Quarry Garden, or its repurposing at the National Memorial Arboretum, but for the vision and ambition of all those at IQ and across the wider industry.

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Moving with the times

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2017 2:54:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in CPD, Skills Wheel

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Like all industries, mineral extractives and quarrying is in a state of perpetual motion when it comes to embracing and adopting new technologies and future-looking operating practices.

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Recognising professionalism through lifelong learning

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2017 2:52:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in CPD, IQ Academy, Skills Wheel, lifelong learning

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We are all bombarded every day by new technology and new working practices. Without acknowledging it, each of us engages in daily personal development that enables us to keep our heads above the flood waters of modern-day life. That ever-increasing speed of change also interfaces with our work lives, whether we like it or not. It is the role of a professional body such as IQ to help us to be better-equipped employers and employees.

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