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CPD and demonstration of competence in best practice

Mike Phillips

IoQ general manager becomes first candidate to achieve new MPQC Level 3 Award

MIKE Phillips, general manager of the Institute of Quarrying (IoQ), has become the first candidate to achieve the MPQC Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF), the new recognized qualification for workplace assessors of competence qualifications.

Mr Phillips is no newcomer to competence-based qualifications, having achieved the Level 5 NVQ in Health, Safety and Environmental Management in the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries while in operational/quarry management before joining the Institute.

In addition to his IoQ duties, Mr Phillips also takes on site manager responsibilities for QMJ Publishing Ltd and is the regulation 8(1)c appointed person responsible for Hillhead Quarry and the Hillhead International Quarrying & Recycling Show. This includes the management of the safe operation of all aspects of the event, including the practical demonstrations of quarrying activities.

As a firm advocate of continuing personal and professional development in his role as general manager of the IoQ and as a member of the Quarries National Joint Action Committee, Mr Phillips realized that he would be better able to manage Hillhead with further training.

And not only has he achieved the qualification to enable him to assess and confirm the competence of others with confidence, he also achieved his own mobile plant operator’s competence card on numerous pieces of mobile plant and equipment.

‘I’m a firm believer that there is no substitute for having current occupational competence and being able to prove it,’ said Mr Phillips. ‘I knew about vocational assessment but this qualification has taken my knowledge and skills to a new level, which has been of great benefit to me in maintaining the safety of everyone at Hillhead.’

Pictured above is Mr Phillips (right) being presented with his certificate by David Hudson, development and standards manager of MPQC Awarding Organisations, at the Hillhead 2012 exhibition.

Mr Hudson said: ‘We are delighted to be able to present this qualification. Mike has set a fine example to the industry showing that CPD can benefit everyone, no matter what qualifications and experience they already hold.’

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