Quoted from the Mineral Products Association
million metric tonnes produced annually
£5.8 billion added value to the economy
81,000 people directly employed
2,000 active sites and plants
28% total market is recycled aggregates
5,000 hectares restored sites for public use
The most valuable lessons I learned in my first role were people and management skills, accountability and empowerment. I enjoyed the variety of projects I was able to get involved in and the relationships I built within the industry.
The thing I enjoy most about our industry is going to work with everyday being different. I have fond memories of working with great individuals and teams on various sites across the industry.
I enjoy working with a broad spectrum of people from different countries and cultures, along with visiting different types of mineral extraction and processing plants. For anyone interested in this industry, if you’re looking for a varied and interesting career with the opportunity to travel, then give it a go!
Each day is different. The personal development opportunities have been amazing since I started my career. Quarrying is a very diverse industry. From sales staff to Geologists, Excavator Operators and Weighbridge Operators, there’s something for everyone.
A suit is rarely required! It’s very difficult to be bored in this industry if you enjoy being outside, building friendships and solving problems.
I remember how exciting it was to visit the operating sites, along with the large equipment that was used on the sites. The industry has educated me and has given me an excellent living and profession. I’ve also travelled the world so I think all my aspirations have been met and surpassed.
What I enjoy the most about my work is the people, the industry is such a friendly and welcoming group. Always ask questions, you don’t need to know everything but you won’t learn if you don’t ask. Colleagues are always willing to explain things that you might be unclear of. Never think that you have to be a certain gender or age to succeed.
There are so many job roles across operations, logistics, engineering, environment and corporate functions that there is something for everyone. The routes into the sector are equally varied with opportunities for school and college leavers, university undergraduates and those with experiences in other sectors.
Whichever route brings you into the industry, there are personal development opportunities and career pathways to support your progression and take you where you want to go.
For National Careers Week we have brought together clips of people across the industry talking about what they value about the sector.
Emily Stevens (nee Burridge) talks about the choices facing A-level students and the route she took into the industry.
The quarrying industry works collaboratively and is open to people from all backgrounds, which Chris O'Shea values.
If like Adam Chapman you are interested in a job that has variety, the quarrying industry offers a diverse roles.
People working in the quarrying industry are given support to develop as Matt Jarvis knows.
Learn more about what you can expect from a career in the industry and how you can get started.