A Northumberland site has become one of the first in the UK to achieve a new business accreditation from one of the extractive industry’s leading professional bodies.
The Shotton surface mine near Cramlington, operated by regional employer Banks Mining, has been awarded PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extraction) certification by The Institute of Quarrying in recognition of the comprehensive provisions it makes for staff training, leadership and engagement.
The PRIME project aims to promote excellence within the extractives industry.
To reach the required stan-dard, sites must satisfy an assessment covering eight areas – including the maintenance of an integrated training and development plan, provision of continuing professional development for employees, a competency-based approach to recruitment, and active engagement with customers and the local community to promote a highly professional image of their work.
In 2014, Banks Mining made a major investment in setting up its own bespoke licensing and training scheme, which extended training opportunities available to over 250 operational employees.
The company invested in both a full-time trainer to lead it and new on-site training facilities at the Shotton site.
Human resources manager Keith Tarn said: “Becoming one of the first in the UK to achieve this accreditation represents a real endorsement and recognition of the provisions we put in place around continuous professional development programmes.”