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IQ and MPQC deliver bespoke training sessions to Arabian Explosives Company LLC in the UAE

THE Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) undertook the delivery of training sessions to Arabian Explosives (AREX) at their production plant in the northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) over a period of three days in early September this year.

Utilizing materials tailored to the bespoke needs of AREX, the training provided a comprehensive guide to health, safety and environmental awareness over three half-day sessions. The course was designed to be interactive and included a number of specially designed exercises, serving to maximize employee engagement and fulfil the needs of the expat workforce.


Established as a joint venture between Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and EPC Groupe, Arabian Explosives (AREX) ensures the growing demand for water-gel slurry and ammonium nitrate-based industrial explosives can be serviced within the UAE, meeting a large proportion of the requirement for explosives used in civil, mining and quarrying projects.

Paul Clarke, general manager at Arabian Explosives Company LLC, said: ‘The professional training provided by IQ sets a solid foundation for the future learning and development of our employees, assisting in instigating a mindset and culture change which is already providing visible benefits to our workforce and stakeholders.

‘IQ & MPQC were chosen to meet our training needs over other providers to demonstrate AREX’s commitment and support of the recently launched PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extractives) initiative.’

IQ says it is pleased to report that AREX have arranged for a further six days of training sessions to be held in the early part of 2015. This includes the enrolling of four students on to the new IQ qualification Level 3 Award in Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness. They will be the first new starters outside the UK.

For further details on the training and educational offerings available from the Institute, visit:; or contact Julian Smallshaw, head of educational development on tel: 07870 737645.


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