Bath Stone invest in staff safety and development with 4-year Mine Management Degree Apprenticeship

Matthew Hawker, our Mine Manager, recently completed a 4 day residential course at the Cambourne School of Mines

The school, which is part of the University of Exeter, is a world-class combined geoscience and mining department with a long history of working in partnership with the mining industry. They offer courses ranging from geology and environmental geoscience, through to mining engineering and mineral processing.

As part of his Mine Management Degree Apprenticeship Matthew joined the first cohort of students at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The students visited Cornish Metals Inc. to learn about the history and current works taking place at the mine in Cambourne and enjoyed a visit from Lucy Crane from Cornish Lithium Plc. Matthew said it was “A brilliant mix of students under the watchful eye of CSM.”

The University’s courses are designed for people who are currently working within the mining industry. Students have the opportunity to gain a degree and develop new knowledge, skills and ideas that benefit both the organisation they work for and themselves, as they grow individually and enhance their careers.

SigmaRoc Plc, the parent company of Bath Stone company, support and encourage a culture of learning and development. They are keen to invest in employees across the Group and see staff development and apprenticeship schemes, such as this one, as something that will benefit the whole team in widening their knowledge base and generating new ideas.

The Mine Management Degree Apprenticeship is a 4-year part-time course designed to help Apprentices develop the knowledge and skills to bring positive change and fresh ideas to their own organisations. It will help to upskill students already working in the industry and teaches a broad range of subjects including mathematics, geology, physics, mine design, operations, processing, safety, environment and social governance.

Students benefit from access to innovative learning and teaching methods such as recorded lectures, live webinars and residentials. They will study for approximately six hours each week using a range flexible learning and online resources so they can continue to fulfil their current roles, with minimal disruption.

On completion of the course, students will receive the following awards:

• IfATE Level 6 Mine Management Degree Apprenticeship
• BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering
• Associateship of the Camborne School of Mines (ACSM)
As a business we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our staff and believe that ongoing education and learning is vitally important. By investing in our staff, we will help to ensure sustainable and sensitive mining will continue to flourish at Limpley Stoke for many years to come.

Images provided by: University of Exeter & Degree Apprenticeships at Exeter and Camborne School of Mines

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