Hard work pays off for Institute of Quarrying’s Scottish branch

Andrew Gillon and Phil Redmond

THE Institute of Quarrying’s (IQ) Scottish Branch has won the President’s Branch Trophy for the first time in its history.

The accolade is awarded to the IQ branch that demonstrates the promotion of CPD activities, engagement with younger members, interaction with other organisations, and the introduction of innovation.

Andrew Gillon, IQ Scottish branch chairman said, “Similar to many other branches, one of the biggest challenges we face is attracting young people into the industry and encouraging greater diversity.  Our involvement with the University of Strathclyde’s ‘Engineering the Future for Girls’ summer programme, in partnership with BAM Ritchies and Aggregate Industries, was the standout moment.

“The highlight of the week was more than 100 female secondary school students experiencing a live on-site blast at Duntilland Quarry, which we hope will inspire many to consider quarrying as a future career.”

IQ president Phil Redmond added, “Congratulations to the Scottish Branch; the judges were extremely impressed with your application and your hard work has been duly recognised. The President’s Branch Trophy was this year based on four key objectives of the Institute.

“The Scottish Branch demonstrated great consistency in building relationships and engaging with their local communities, especially in the area of encouraging diversity in future generations joining the industry. They also progressed the furthest in developing the capability to marry face-to-face meetings with online engagement for members.”