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IQ study tour delivers on personal effectiveness agenda

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Leadership, Skills Wheel, University of Derby, personal effectiveness, students

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There’s a lot of talk in business around the subject of personal effectiveness. But what do we mean by the term? And why is it so important? It’s a key part of the Institute of Quarrying’s (IQ) Skills Wheel, a tool that helps identify the full range of competencies for the modern professional working in the minerals extractive and quarrying industries.

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Standards and professionalism driving health and safety

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2019 9:23:42 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Safety, Skills Wheel, health, standards, professionalism

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There has never been such a focus on driving up standards and professionalism at all levels across the mineral extractives and quarrying sector - from apprentices to chief executives, from multisite international operators to independent local producers. It’s a commercial imperative at a time when standards of health and safety practice are under the spotlight.

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IQ Skills Wheel focuses on health and safety

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Member, Safety, Skills Wheel, Training

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The quarrying industry has done much to improve health and safety over the years but there is no room for complacency – there remains much still to be done. Knowledge, understanding and practical application of key regulations and standards affecting the quarrying and mineral extractive industries across all those working in the sector is central to meeting the aim of zero harm.

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Extracting Excellence: The move to ISO 14001:2015

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, environment, standards, professionalism

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Standards and professionalism is a key segment of the Institute of Quarrying’s Skills Wheel, covering all of the key regulations and standards that affect the quarrying and mineral extractive industries. The most well known environmental standard ISO 14001 is one of the key tools that many organisations use in managing their environmental impacts which in recent years has been revised.

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How leadership influences positive behaviour

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 9:18:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Safety, Leadership, Skills Wheel

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In leadership, people and relationships are more important than tasks. Tasks do matter, but the main role of a good leader is to motivate and inspire other people to do tasks well. So what are the good leadership initiatives that help drive and positively reinforce the winning behaviours helping unlock positive change management in the mineral extractives and quarrying sector?

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Innovation: leader or follower?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2018 10:36:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, membership, innovation

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 A quick review of the annual reports of the top FTSE 100 companies and there’s one buzzword that appears over and over again. Innovation; whether it’s a company value or a brand expression, innovation is everywhere.

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Strength in recognising weaknesses

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2017 2:41:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, Careers, development, personal effectiveness

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Like any industry, successful professionals within the quarrying and mineral extractives sector are acutely aware of their own personal attributes and how to develop their skills in different areas to keep their career moving forward.
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Keep your employees close and communities closer

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 12:12:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Skills Wheel, Training, engagement, development

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The importance of engaging with colleagues, communities and wider stakeholders for quarrying and mineral extractives operators large and small is no longer a luxury but is increasingly now embedded in corporate strategy and business culture.

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IQ partner with National Fluid Power Centre

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2017 3:52:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in CPD, Skills Wheel, innovation

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James Thorne, newly in post as chief executive at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is clear about the importance of the Skills Wheel and why IQ is championing the benefits of continuous professional development to its members. He is equally clear about the importance of up-to-date knowledge and the application of innovation within the mineral extractives sector.
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Development key to future success

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2017 1:57:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in CPD, IQ Academy, Skills Wheel, Education, Training, skills

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Raising professional performance standards of the workforce in the quarrying, construction materials and related extractive and processing industries is key to the success of this essential part of the UK and global economy. But it’s long-term prosperity is also about presenting the sector as an attractive career opportunity to the next generation of quarrying professionals.
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