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Tarmac’s Bestwood Quarry becomes first site to receive PRIME status

The team at Tarmac’s Bestwood Quarry, in Nottinghamshire is celebrating after becoming the first site to be awarded PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extractives) site status by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), for its commitment to workforce engagement, training, and continuous professional development.

The site team is rightly proud of this accolade. It reflects their focus on recognising and valuing the contribution made by each member of the site team, and reinforces Tarmac’s commitment to upskilling and continuous professional development. Launched by the IQ in 2014, PRIME provides a career development pathway for operatives, foremen and supervisors, promotes workforce involvement and individual career development.

Dannika Bannon, site manager at Bestwood, is an active member of the PRIME steering group at the site. She developed her own career by taking a Diploma in Quarry Technology at the University of Derby and now manages two Tarmac quarries in the East Midlands - Bestwood and Calverton. She volunteered her Bestwood operation to undergo the PRIME site recognition process, which it achieved with flying colours, becoming the first site to achieve the IQ’s recognition for its hard work.

Dannika said: “This is such a fantastic achievement for the team, and it’s been fantastic for morale on site. I’m extremely proud of everyone.  We’re all delighted to be the very first site to achieve this distinction, and it’s really pleasing to see that our efforts to develop people and provide great learning opportunities have been recognised.”

IQ’s general manager, Mike Phillips, added: “It has been a real pleasure working with Dannika and the Tarmac team through this whole process. It has been very rewarding seeing tangible benefits being put into place and seeing first-hand the rewards that they clearly deliver, especially the true recognition that our professional people deserve.”

This year is the centenary year of the IQ, which was established in 1917 by quarry managers committed to raising standards. Over 100 years, the industry has seen vast improvements across all areas and IQ has been there to support people develop the sector into a modern, vibrant place to work. Find out more about how the IQ is celebrating here:

Tarmac’s Bestwood Quarry becomes first site to receive PRIME status

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