Education pathways for workers in a demanding environment

The industry is now truly into the swing of things in 2019. In talking with many of our members there is a real sense of optimism around market conditions for the coming 12 to 18 months.

While there may be some uncertainty with respect to upcoming state and federal elections – and therefore funding for major projects – there is a great deal planned and in the pipeline.

With some exciting projects included in the Federal Government’s 10 Year Infrastructure Investment Pipeline (which you can view at, the industry will as always play an important part in the progress of the nation, providing essential construction materials to enable delivery of these key projects.

Given the anticipated demand for construction materials, which in some regions may be unprecedented, the stipulation for skilled workers is going to be at the forefront of quarrying businesses, including our network of suppliers.

{{quote-A:R-W:250-Q:"We are competing for resources in a limited pool – at a time when the current generation is spoiled for choice with respect to career options"}}The Institute is currently reviewing its educational content to ensure it remains relevant and can provide the necessary skills that the industry and IQA members need to respond to the opportunities and challenges that market demand brings.

Highlighting the benefits of our industry to the community and also making it an attractive industry to work in are also on the agenda – not only for us but other industry organisations.

We are competing for resources within a limited pool, which in the present time offers probably the greatest choice of any generation with respect to career options.

A lot more work is required in this space but when we succeed in attracting workers, we need to ensure we can retain them and continue to assist with their skills development.

The IQA’s vocational and tertiary education pathways will provide support for those engaged in the industry, whether they are new entrants or long-term industry participants.

This also applies to our network of suppliers which contribute greatly to the industry and our membership. The IQA is reviewing content to ensure educational offerings in this sector of our industry are provided.

Members wishing to inquire or participate in any of our educational offerings should contact the IQA CEO Kylie Fahey via email:

The International Presidents’ E-Branch Project that I have previously discussed is also progressing, with a business case currently being developed for sign-off by the International Presidents in April 2019.

The aim is to have this e-branch established by late 2019 or early 2020, providing the broader international quarrying community, including existing IQ members, with access to online educational content.

Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting project, being led by the IQA and the Institute of Quarrying UK!

Have a safe and productive month ahead!

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