Surface mine gets UK recognition

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.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 26 March, 2017, 07:40
The Institute of Quarryings general manager Mike Phillips, left, with three members of the Shotton team - Julie Redfearn, Neil Cook and Michelle Cairns.

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.

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.”