The National Skills and Safety Park - located at the active Nether Langwith quarry near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire - was opened in February 2020 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
Its aim is to provide practical, hands-on training for emerging industry talent – including apprentices, graduates and those retraining from other sectors.
Tarmac says its employees quickly adapted to Covid-secure working last spring to allow studies to continue, and the company has since introduced further online working to supplement safe and appropriate face-to-face training.
Despite 2020’s challenging circumstances, the facility has already supported nearly 700 employees through over 21,000 face to face, virtual classroom and e-learning sessions since its inauguration. It has additionally supported 34 individuals graduate from Tarmac’s own accredited Professional Operator Development Programme qualification.
Graeme Boylen, human resources director at Tarmac said: “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved at the facility one year on from its official launch. It’s a great testimony to the quality and commitment of our Learning and Development team who have worked hard to ensure important professional development activity can continue safely. The alternative methods of training have been a real success."
He added that Tarmac plans to further developing its training offer at the Park, providing more opportunities over the coming months.
Tarmac is a member of the 5% Club, an organisation committed to ensuring that in the next five years 5% of its members in the UK workforce are young people on training schemes.