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First published in the January 2022 issue of Quarry Management 

By Sarah Fry, head of membership and marketing, Institute of Quarrying

The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is invested in developing the skills and knowledge of professionals working in the quarrying, mineral products, and processing sectors, which is why, like many professional organizations, it encourages members to actively participate in continuing professional development (CPD).


Members of the IQ benefit from a variety of lifelong learning opportunities, which will help to enhance career development with access to valuable CPD resources that are tailored to the industry, internationally recognized qualifications, and a network of professionals sharing accumulated knowledge and good practice.

Not only is lifelong learning a core component in employee development, but it can also help with our self-motivation and self-confidence[1]. According to the Government Office for Science[2], investment in skills and encouraging lifelong learning can have a positive impact on an employee’s productivity.

Knowledgeable employees are more productive, better motivated, and more loyal. Ninety-four percent of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development, and 80% of people agree that learning new skills would make them more engaged[3].

As part of the IQ’s commitment to supporting the development of its members, over the past 12 months it has invested in a series of improvements to the member experience. These include making it easier to record and access CPD activities, register and attend member events, as well as the launch of a new suite of tailored online e-learning programmes.

Improvements to the member experience

Responding to feedback and analysis of industry best practice, IQ has undertaken a programme of software enhancements to improve CPD reporting so that members have better access to the information they need.

The latest enhancements can be accessed by logging into the member portal or directly from the IQ member app, IQ Connect. Features include automatic CPD recording, downloadable reports that show CPD hours and activities, as well as visual triggers to show which entries require additional information, and a status bar to show how a member is progressing towards their current annual target. Members can also view a full list of all events and register to attend using the ‘one-click’ functionality.

A simplified event-booking process makes it easier for members to register to attend events. Clicking the ‘Register Now’ button on the events page is all a member needs to do to confirm their attendance. Those that register and attend IQ events will have their CPD record automatically updated with that activity. The only thing that is left for a member to do is to complete the ‘what was learned’ section and the CPD activity will be submitted.

New graphs have been developed to help members clearly see where they are investing their learning in relation to the IQ Skills Wheel, as well as how they are doing with regards to achieving the mandatory minimum requirement of 30h of CPD per year.

Members also have the power to analyse their historical CPD. They can choose which year to view their data or view their total number of hours submitted over a number of years. This really supports members in identifying skills and knowledge areas that they may want to develop in the future.

New IQ e-learning programmes

Members and non-members of the IQ can benefit from a new suite of tailored online e-learning programmes, providing a flexible and innovative approach to CPD.

The IQ CPD Select Series provides bitesize e-learning modules that are accredited and include self-assessment. They can be taken on their own, in bundles, or in a bespoke package. All the units are delivered online and can be completed at the learner’s own pace.

The courses are available to purchase online. Employers or individuals can choose:


Individuals can choose from focused CPD bitesize units based on their own areas of personal development or interest, gaining specialist or technical knowledge. Some examples of the courses currently available include Workplace Guidance, SHE Fundamentals, Introduction to Mineral Products, and Fundamentals of Geology.

IQ Select

IQ has taken its experience in delivering structured learning to create bundled units around a linked theme or part of a wider learning programme, all accredited with IQ CPD hours. Bundle topics include Crushing & Screening, Mineral Products, and Safety, Health & the Environment.

Employer Select

This allows employers to tailor bespoke blended learning packages to their needs by combining a selection of nearly 100 individual e-learning units across an extensive range of subject areas. Learning materials can additionally be supplemented to incorporate company messages and themes into the content.

To find out more, visit:

Event planning in 2022

The next 12 months, it is hoped, will see a return to more normality. It is an exciting year ahead for the quarrying industry, with the return of Hillhead in June following its hiatus as a result of the pandemic.

Members are reminded to download and access the IQ Connect app, which is available from Apple’s App store and the Google Play store, or visit the online member portal, to view and easily register for upcoming IQ branch events, which are there to not only support members’ CPD, but also so that members can build their own professional networks through meeting and engaging with other professionals.

All members should keep an eye on their weekly email from the IQ for the latest news, CPD, and events updates. Anyone who is not receiving these is encouraged to get in touch with the IQ.

Inevitably, with the current uncertainties, events are subject to change. Some of the upcoming IQ regional branch events taking place in early 2022 include:


Tuesday 11 January

IQ Yorkshire branch presents ‘Accident/Incident First Response’ with Richard Nevin, area operations manager with Hanson and volunteer first responder for Yorkshire and East Midlands Ambulance Service. The event is taking place at The Bridge Inn, Walshford, Wetherby LS22 5HS at 18:00. Email [email protected] for further details and to reserve your place.

Monday 17 January

IQ West of England branch will hold its ‘Annual General Meeting’. The event is taking place online via Zoom at 15:30.

Tuesday 25 January

IQ Scottish branch, in partnership with the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT), presents ‘The Road Ahead, asphalt plant technological innovations to increase efficiency, sustainability and to decrease overall carbon footprint’, by Wirtgen Group. The event is taking place at the Westerwood Hotel, 1 St Andrews Drive, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G68 0EW at 17:45. Email [email protected] to book your place.

Tuesday 25 January

IQ North Wales branch hosts Huw Hughes to discuss ‘Health & Safety in the Workplace’. The event is taking place online via Zoom at 15:30.

Wednesday 26 January

IQ Derbyshire branch hosts Russell Hunter presenting ‘Streamlining Processes and Managing Hauliers and Contractors with MP Connect’. The event is taking place online via Zoom at 11.00.


Tuesday 8 February

IQ Scottish branch presents ‘Drug & Alcohol Awareness’, by Daniel Jones, D.Tec International. The event is taking place online via Zoom at 16:00.

Tuesday 15 February

IQ Devon & Cornwall branch is unveiling a nip-point demonstration unit and presenting the ‘QNJAC toolbox talk on Isolation’, with Andy Meadows and Viv Russell from Longcliffe Quarries Ltd. The branch will also hold its ‘Annual General Meeting’. The event is taking place at Lee Moor Village Hall, Lee Moor, Plymouth PL7 5JR. Email [email protected] to book your place.

Tuesday 22 February

IQ North Wales branch welcomes back Claudia Trotter from Mates in Mind to discuss ‘Mental Health Awareness’. The event is taking place online via Zoom at 15:30.

Wednesday 23 February

IQ Derbyshire branch presents ‘Reality Capture’, by John Halifax of Mining Surveys (UK) Ltd. The event is taking place at Buxton Rugby Club, 5 Sunnyfields, Harpur Hill, Buxton SK17 9PX at 18.00. Email [email protected] to book your place.

For more information about the IQ and membership, visit:


  1. Valamis. (2021), Lifelong Learning.
  2. Government Office for Science (2018), Future of skills and lifelong learning.
  3. Edume (2020), 7 Statistics That Highlight the Value of Continuous Learning.

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