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Dannika makes her mark

Dannika Bannon is a prime example of the career development opportunities that exist within the quarrying and construction sectors.  With the support and encouragement of Tarmac, her hard work and commitment have been rewarded. Having begun her career in the Logistics team, she is now the Quarry Manager for both Bestwood and Calverton quarries in Nottinghamshire.  Dannika explains more about her experience.

“I’m originally from Chesterfield and after school went to Sheffield Hallam University to study Law and Criminology.  Three years into the degree I realised that this wasn’t the path I wanted to follow.

“Whilst I was at University I had a part-time job as part of an out of hours logistics team.    Tarmac advertised a full-time job in  dealing with transport logistics at its head office and I was fortunate to get the position.  After 18 months, I really wanted to get into the operational side of quarrying so applied for a weighbridge position at Ballidon Quarry just outside of Ashbourne.

“The weighbridge office is the control centre of any quarry, ensuring the right products are sent out to customers on time.  Ballidon is a limestone quarry that produces products from stone for large decorative pieces through to products for animal feed and fine dust for glass and tile making.

“It was here that I went back to formal studying and started my foundation degree in Mineral Extractives Technology at Derby University.  It’s a three year part-time course that I’ve now completed and I am due to graduate this July.

“I became a Technical Member of the Institute of Quarrying and got involved in an industry wide project to promote skills and training.  This project, combined with the support I’ve had from Tarmac, has really transformed my career outlook and given me the recognition of my skills and the confidence to keep progressing.

“Over the last few years my career has catapulted, going from a weighbridge supervisor to running two quarries.  The degree course has given me an incredible base to work from but I am still learning.  I’m about to start an intensive 18 month programme on quarry safety as well as the NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environmental course.

“The message that I would want others to take from this is that there are massive opportunities within the quarrying sector for those that work hard and want to progress.”

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