A party of 20 children from Loughries Integrated Primary School outside Newtownards in County Down made a return visit recently to Breedon’s Ballystockart Quarry where they enjoyed an informative and instructive tour, hosted by Quarry Manager Pat O’Connor.
The quarrying and mineral products industry offers so much potential, with many individuals starting off at entry level and progressing up the career ladder to responsible roles managing people and processes; up to and including senior management and executive roles.
It has been over two years since the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) held its last prestigious Fellows Lunch and Student Awards in-person event. That’s two years since senior industry figures were able to get together and network face-to-face and two years since high-achieving students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products received public praise for their outstanding achievements.
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Studies show that people remember only 20% of what they read but 80% of what they see. The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has now introduced new reporting tools for members to quickly analyse their continuing professional development (CPD) activities.
Last year the Institute of Quarrying launched its ‘Creating Future Leaders’ strategy at the Fellows Lunch. The strategy set out the vision and role of IQ in the mineral products industry.
The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) champions safety in the mineral products sector through the continuing professional development (CPD) of operatives and operators. This encompasses everything from the overarching responsibility of operators to achieving Target Zero, to personal awareness of potential hazards such as conveyor safety.