EPC-UK specifically designed its free biannual seminar programme to provide the industry with a unique Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity.
By incorporating a combination of interactive presentations, keynote speakers and networking opportunities, the seminars contributed directly to delegate CPD progression, a programme which recognises professionalism through lifelong learning and ensures employees skills are kept relevant and up to date.
This year, EPC-UK experienced a record number of attendees at its Best Practice Seminars, which were held in Scotland, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, Wales and Cornwall, demonstrating the continued demand, and importance, for such a resource within the industry. The seminars covered a wide range of topical subjects including Mental Health and Safety; QNJAC Update; Drilling and Blasting; Common Errors in Profiling; Management of Change; Shotfiring Rules; Misfire Investigation Process; Shock Research and Development; and Geophone Mounting techniques. A valuable contribution was made by Dr Neil Stanley and all the HSE Quarry Inspectors, which helped towards the success of the seminars.
Ian Davies, General Manager at EPC-UK, has been instrumental in the creation and continued promotion of the seminars and believes the role they play within the industry has become even more vital:
“In our ever-changing industry, where new techniques and technologies are continually being introduced, ongoing training and the sharing of knowledge has never been so important.
Through our programme of Best Practice Seminars, we have been able to disseminate this knowledge, whilst helping delegates increase their CPD hours and learn practical skills that can be applied to their day-to-day job roles.
The feedback we have received so far has been extremely positive, with many attendees praising the range of relevant content covered and the professional, concise and focused way in which it was delivered. We know that the seminars also provided delegates with a greater awareness and increased knowledge of blasting techniques, safety and the use of digital technology within the industry.
Once all feedback has been received, we will review the comments closely and use them to ensure our next programme of seminars, in two years’ time, is just as relevant and remains in line with the needs of the sector. These seminars provide the best opportunity for enhancing blasting knowledge.”
Ian Davies, General Manager at EPC-UK