Tarmac’s School of Rock!
In 2017, 39 colleagues from our Materials business successfully graduated from the University of Derby. Their graduation marks the end of a three-year journey for the students; who through a combination of distance learning, classroom sessions and on-the-job learning successfully completed a foundation degree in mineral extractives or asphalt and pavement technology or a BSc in minerals management.
In addition, eight people passed their final exams and achieved a diploma in mineral extractives, concrete or cement studies.
Tarmac has worked closely for many years with the Institute of Quarrying and University of Derby to continually develop a well-established programme of learning which is now recognised as the industry standard for the quarrying and construction materials sector.
Miles Dobson, head of manufacturing and asset optimisation, said: “This is a tremendous result which has been achieved by sheer hard work, dedication and commitment. We are very proud of everyone who has completed their qualification, they really are a credit to Tarmac.”
Amy Wardle, technical supervisor at Mountsorrel Quarry, added: “I found the course itself quite challenging especially in year two, when the work steps up with an extra module.
“I’m so proud I completed it and it’s worth all the effort needed over the three years. It proves that it is never too late to learn something new.”
Joshua Mason, assistant quarry manager at Ballidon Quarry, completed the mineral products technology foundation degree, having joined the business as a higher apprentice three years ago. He said: “Distance learning taught me to manage my time effectively and allowed me to learn both on-the-job and in the classroom, helping me develop both a practical and theoretical understanding of a range of mineral extractive aspects.”
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Amy Wardle, technical supervisor
at Mountsorrel Quarry