An assistant quarry manager at Tarmac’s Wensley quarry in North Yorkshire has become the first person in the country to achieve the MPQC (Mineral Products Qualification Council) Level 4 Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management in Mineral Products Operations.
Ash Hillary has worked for the business for seven years, and took the diploma as part of his ongoing training. Ash joined as a quarry operative in 2010, progressing to quarry manager in 2016. Tarmac has supported Ash with his professional development, to learn and gain new skills and qualifications to help progress his career.
Commenting on his achievement, Ash said: “I'm really proud to be the first person to gain this diploma. The course was interesting and it’s a big step forward for me in building the skills I need to continue with my development. Tarmac has always been very supportive in giving me opportunities to learn and train, and take on new challenges, so i’m looking forward to taking the next steps in my career.”
Ash’s achievement marks another industry first achieved by Tarmac employees. Earlier in the year, Richard Denman Jnr, a road operative at Tarmac, became the first Tarmac employee to achieve the MPQC’s Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services.
Tarmac has an ongoing commitment to helping employees achieve their full potential and support them with upskilling, training and work-based learning. The MPQC diploma is made up of interactive workshops that test a candidate's knowledge on site induction processes, hazard identification, site improvements plans and personal improvement plans. Following the workshops are four onsite assessments, by the MPQC assessors, to ensure that sufficient evidence is demonstrated that meets the diploma criteria.