The UK mineral extractives sector directly employs 74,000 people at over 2,000 active sites and plants, and supports an additional 3.5 million jobs throughout the supply chain1. Keeping our industry attuned to the latest thinking on safety, health and environmental knowledge is a major undertaking and a key priority for the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).
Turn the clock back 12 months. It’s the first-ever Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Fellows Lunch and Student Awards. The setting is the New Armouries’ Banqueting Suite at the Tower of London. A new IQ president takes the stage and sets out his stall, introducing the Institute’s ‘Creating Future Leaders’ strategy, shaping the direction ahead for the organisation and its members.
Progress in business is often measured by increased profitability. How that progress comes about can be the result of technological advances, improved operating practices, smarter deployment of resources; the list is endless. But the common theme that flows through these incremental gains is invariably innovation, something in which the mineral products and quarrying sector excels.
An ageing workforce is an ongoing challenge for the mineral extractives industry, with the average worker in the sector aged 55 . So, how is the sector developing the next generation of young talent and creating future leaders?
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.
The Tower of London has stood tall over the centuries as all around it has changed. The scene of so much history, it provided a fitting backdrop for the first IQ Fellows Lunch, at which the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) unveiled its ‘Creating Future Leaders’ vision and celebrated the IQ Student Awards 2018.
Apprenticeship programmes are an increasingly popular pathway into the world of work, with many apprentices going on to enjoy successful careers at the highest levels. The quarrying sector is no different, with operators large and small welcoming the flexible approach to personal and professional development both in the workplace and classroom.
Sometimes the best way to learn about something is to see it in action. That’s the thinking behind a series of informative, hands-on annual study tours organised by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products. The latest tour has been hailed a great success.
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.