Four Golds Awarded – As MP Awards and Finning Launch Operator Gold Standard At Hillhead 

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Yesterday 25th June 2014, sees the launch of the first ever industry wide gold standard accreditation for highly efficient quarry and mining equipment operators. The new scheme is being launched through a joint partnership between MPQC’s Awarding Body, MP Awards and UK and Ireland Caterpillar dealer, Finning. 

The scheme aims to professionalise the industry, recognising the best operators in the country and encouraging businesses to invest in the training and support of a key part of the industry’s workforce. To achieve the gold standard, operators will have to take part in additional training and ongoing coaching through an intensive onsite course, run by Caterpillar accredited Finning operator trainers.

To celebrate its launch at Hillhead 2014, MP Awards and Finning have presented the first four gold cards to operators from four different industry players at Hillhead 2014:

  • Adrian Morris – Hope Construction Materials (Dowlow Works)
  • Ian Bagshawe – CEMEX (Doveholes Quarry)
  • Neil Mycock – Lafarge Tarmac (Tunstead Quarry)
  • John R Middleton – Breedon Aggregates (Cloud Hill Quarry)

The practical course, run with operators on their own sites with the machines they operate, covers a full range of different manufacturers’ models and focuses on both fuel and production efficiency. Open to current MP Awards, MPQC Blue Card holders, once each operator has undergone the Finning Eco-Drive™  training and additional coaching, two independent on-site assessments are completed to ensure consistent performance.

Each assessment is carried out against strict criteria, developed by Finning from global Caterpillar operator standards, ensuring a gold cardholder is capable of adding real value to the bottom line of any business they work for.

18 months in the planning, the new gold card standard can now be used to identify and recognise advanced operators capable of operating to consistently high standards of efficiency.

Commenting on the new gold standard, MP Awards qualification development manager, John Bussey said: “The development of this new accreditation standard, hand in hand with Finning represents a key milestone in the delivery of the new PRIME campaign. It helps to recognise and professionalise a key part of the workforce, focusing on the individuals who can have a major impact on reducing the cost of quarrying materials.

“By delivering the scheme in partnership with Finning, which has been operating its Institute of Quarrying CPD accredited Eco-Drive™ training programme for a number of years, we will be able to deliver a much higher level of practical training and advice to operators. Each individual will be trained and assessed on the machines they operate, within their specific working environments, so mentoring and advice will be tailored to their needs, no matter what product they use.

“We know this will make a huge difference to all involved and see it as a first step to moving away from simply training individuals to be safe and competent to perform key tasks. This is about developing excellence, delivering efficiency and upping productivity to get more from the equipment and the quarry/mine itself.”

Having first approached MP Awards to see if its Eco-Drive™ training programme could form part of MP Awards accredited provision, Finning applications manager, Phil Lewis was met with real enthusiasm from the MP Awards team, he adds: “We knew from the results achieved by the nearly 3000 operators put through Eco-Drive™ that practical training can have a major impact on fuel optimisation, productivity, safety and job satisfaction. So we wanted to see how operators attending the course followed up with on-site practical assessments could be recognised.”

For more information on the MP Awards card scheme visit www.mp-qc.org

For information on the Finning Eco-Drive™ training programme visit www.finning.co.uk/ecodrive

 

Picture caption – Left to Right (back to front)
 
Craig Hooper CEMEX , Ian Bagshawe CEMEX (Gold Card operator), John Vardy – General Manager Finning Customer Solutions, John Bussey of MP Awards,  Jason Howlett – Director Finning Equipment Solutions, Adrian Morris – Hope Construction Materials (Gold Card operator), Ashley Bryant, Director Cement Hope Construction Materials, Tim Hall CEO Breedon Aggregates England, Cedric Hollinsworth, Chairman of MPQC, John Middleton – Breedon Aggregates (Gold Card operator), Neil Mycock Lafarge Tarmac (Gold Card operator), Mike Phillips – General Manager of Institute of Quarrying – Jason South Quarry Manager Lafarge Tarmac. 
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