Managing Director, Ben Williams’s February Industry Update

Feb 26, 2024

This month, vitally, the subject of sustainability has been increasingly prioritised across both business and governmental agendas. Within the drilling & blasting industry, I feel that education is the key to encouraging our sector’s sustainable growth, together with the levels of competence needed to develop people to perform jobs for today and tomorrow.

By supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education, devised to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, EPC-UK is showing it’s committed to imparting knowledge and creating learning pathways that will benefit those working in our industry. 

Reciprocal learning 

In this special edition of Onsite, we share details of our altruistic approach to industry education; from our collaborative development of technical programmes of learning, to educating on the life-saving importance of defibrillator access for young peoples’ sports facilities.

A renowned global influence 

Our focus on education this month sees us celebrate, once again, the achievements of key company educator and mentor, Dr. Rob Farnfield. Adding to an impressive list of awards, Rob received further recognition at the end of January through the presentation of The President’s Award for Services to Industry by the International Society of Explosives Engineers during the ISEE’s Annual Conference in Georgia, USA. 

We also report on the progress of our Blasting Diploma learning programme, developed in partnership with the IQ and University of Derby, and provide the latest update on all the courses currently being delivered through the EPC-UK Learning and Development Centre. 

Continuous progression 

As a company committed to the concept of ‘lifelong learning’, we hear from former military personnel who have joined EPC-UK for the next stage of their careers and find out how a transition from the forces has been logical and rewarding for them and can be for others. 

Consistently, safety and learning to perform more safely is EPC-UK’s most important value, and in one of our featured articles I reflect on the lessons I have learned as Managing Director about the importance of feeling chronic unease to avoid risk complacency. The concept is further enabling me as I continue to develop my own leadership skills. With our industry’s climate changing, we too must evolve and learn to be better, safer, more efficient and respectful, proving our unfaltering passion to progress and perform. 

All the best,

Ben Williams
Managing Director, EPC-UK

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