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EPC-UK, the innovative, safety-driven force in commercial explosives and blasting services, has announced the expansion of its assessing team; a division that ensures all personnel have suitable competency to successfully fulfil their roles.

Qualified to assess the competence of individuals working towards vocational qualifications, EPC-UK assessors use evidence from video, written and photographic sources to compile portfolios of work for the MPQC’s (Mineral Products Qualification Council) approval process.

In addition, the assessors also audit employees who already have their vocational qualification but require a five-year assessment to achieve their continued competency.

With two accomplished assessors working for the company – Michael Allan and Mark Bowen – and two more at the training stage – Daniel Pearson and Max Hembroke – EPC-UK plans to have four fully qualified team members operating by the end of the year.

“The role of the EPC-UK VQ assessor is an extremely important one,” explains Keith Ward, Learning & Development Co-ordinator
 
“Not only do they ensure that employees are compliant in their roles, they also provide structure within the working environment. Furthermore, their position demonstrates to customers, suppliers and other organisations that EPC-UK is not only competent in its services and abilities but is enthusiastic and encouraging regarding the training and promotion opportunities available to its employees.
 
“The difference the team makes to EPC-UK, is that it supports the continued development of its employees. This then helps people within our company to feel supported, both professionally and personally.”

Keith goes on to explain that all EPC-UK assessors are fully qualified and competent within their professional environment. Each has completed or will be working towards their Highfield Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF). Furthermore, the assessors themselves are audited every five years to ensure their competence and knowledge.

Together, the team has the ability to assess:

  • MPQC Level 2 Award in Explosives Storage for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1026/1
  • MPQC Level 2 Certificate in Face Profiling for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1027/3
  • MPQC Level 3 Diploma in Shotfiring for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1029/7
  • MPQC Level 5 Certificate in Blast Design for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1031/5
  • MPQC Level 5 Diploma in Shotfiring Supervision for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1032/7
  • MPQC Level 2 Diploma in Drilling Operations 603/1186/1
  • MPQC Level 3 Certificate in Bulk Explosive Truck Operations – 603/1028/5

The team is also taking vocational requests for the following qualifications
(enquires to be sent to learning@epc-groupe.co.uk):

  • MPQC Level 2 Award in Explosives Storage for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1026/1
  • MPQC Level 2 Certificate in Face Profiling for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1027/3
  • MPQC Level 3 Diploma in Shotfiring for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1029/7
  • MPQC Level 5 Certificate in Blast Design for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1031/5
  • MPQC Level 5 Diploma in Shotfiring Supervision for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries – 603/1032/7
  • MPQC Level 2 Diploma in Drilling Operations 603/1186/1

And from August, enquiries will be taken for:

  • MPQC Level 3 Certificate in Bulk Explosive Truck Operations – 603/1028/5

For further information about EPC-UK and its training courses, visit www.epc-groupe.co.uk/courses or call 01773 832 253.