At Mountsorrel Quarry, attracting and developing an inclusive and diverse workforce is extremely important to us.
In February, Tarmac achieved a globally recognised accreditation for this, being awarded Clear Assured Bronze Standard for its commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace. The Clear Assured Bronze Standard, from assessment body The Clear Company, is awarded to businesses which can demonstrate that inclusivity and diversity are reflected across all policies and processes. It also marks a move beyond compliance towards a cultural shift.
There are many different career options available within the quarrying industry which don’t necessarily involve driving diggers or crushing rock. Gemma Bettoney dreamt of being a history teacher but that all changed when she joined Tarmac in 2004. Initially joining the team as a temporary receptionist, Gemma was inspired by a lady she met in her first week who was on the Executive Committee, who she later found out had started off as a sales administrator.
Gemma said: “I was so impressed that she had worked her way up through the business. I thought if she could do it so could I!”
Over the years Gemma worked in various roles in admin, sales and orders, before progressing into managerial positions. In 2019 she was given the opportunity to move out of the office and into an operational role within the quarry.
Gemma is currently working as development manager building the new primary crusher, screen house and conveyors, which Tarmac got planning permission for in 2015. Speaking of what her role involves day to day, Gemma said: “There isn’t really a typical day, however health and safety is something that we discuss and review daily. I have regular meetings with the civil, mechanical and electrical engineers that are working on the project, along with meeting with the contractors who are working on site for us.
“It is my responsibility to organise the program of work, request quotes and manage the budget. I also work with the section managers on site to ensure the build doesn’t impact our day-to-day operations.”
Throughout her career Gemma has been supported in developing her skills, gaining qualifications in leadership and management, and coaching. She has also qualified as a work-based learning tutor and is currently doing a qualification in Mineral Product Operations.
Gemma adds: “Although I didn’t see myself working in this type of industry, I can’t imagine going back to an office job now. Although the prospect of working in the quarry was initially quite daunting, everyone has been so welcoming and supportive. Tarmac offers a lot more career opportunities than you might think, with so many different business areas, there’s something here for everyone.
“When it comes to the quarry itself, you never fail to be impressed when you see it every day. It’s a completely unique setting that you won’t find anywhere else.”
If you are interested in applying for a position at Mountsorrel Quarry, please visit our careers tarmaccareers.com