New qualification to rock quarrying industry

Posted by fi17 at Nov 29, 2011 11:00 AM |
University of Leicester delivers tailored training for quarrying managers.

Two of the world’s largest quarrying companies are investing in their workforce by boosting their skills through bespoke qualifications launched by the University of Leicester.

Aggregate providers Holcim and Lafarge are individually working with our Department of Geology on the first UK postgraduate courses developed specifically for the quarrying industry. The distance learning courses utilise work-based learning supplemented by residentials with high-level industry specialists provided by the companies themselves.

The important thing about these courses is that they are developed with, and focused towards, the needs of two of the world’s largest quarrying companies. By the end the students will have a full breadth of appreciation for how the industry works, as opposed to when they came in when they probably had good practical experience but not necessarily exposure to the full context of their work.

Students will benefit from ongoing research by academics in the Department embedded in the course materials as well as Leicester’s prime location. What a lot of people don’t appreciate is that Leicester really is the home of the UK quarrying industry. If you were to look around Leicester you would see some of the country’s largest quarries. It is an export county - at the frontline of aggregate provision.