First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Pictured are those involved in the recent Institute of Quarrying and Mineral Products Qualifications Council training sessions for Arabian Explosives
The Institute of Quarrying
(IQ) and Mineral Products Qualifications Council
(MPQC) has undertaken the delivery of three days of training sessions to Arabian Explosives (AREX) at its production plant in the Northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE).
Utilising 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 maximise employee engagement and fulfill the needs of the expat workforce.
Established as a joint venture between the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and the 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, was quoted as saying: “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 and 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.”
AREX has arranged for a further six days of training sessions to be held in the early part of 2015, and this includes the enrolling of four students onto 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 from the Institute, visit www.quarrying.org
or contact Julian Smallshaw, Head of Educational Development on: 0787 0737 645.