Shotfirer. Surveyor. Geotechnical engineer. Quarry manager. Technical development manager. These are just a few of the job roles that are fulfilled by the increasing number of women now finding opportunities to start and progress their careers through continuous professional development in today’s quarrying and mineral extractives sector.
Setting off for the UK on our 10,500-mile IQ centenary quarrying odyssey at the end of April 2017, we left Australia behind bathed in late-autumn sunshine, arriving in the UK as spring took hold. Our group of 17 members of the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) have quarrying in our blood. A few of us arrived early and enjoyed a couple of days of leisure before the start of our intensive 12-day study tour, organized in partnership with our UK colleagues at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).
A case study on the alternative journey a career in quarrying can take you.
Paul Clark is General Manager at Arabian Explosives (AREX) in the United Arab Emirates. He has come a long way, both professionally and geographically, since starting out his career in a small market town in South Yorkshire in 1988.