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The online information service for the UK aggregates, recycling and related heavy construction industries

Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)


Trade association for colleges and training providers

British Aggregates Association (BAA)


A representative body for independent quarry companies. The site contains information on their objectives, the aggregates tax, environmental consultations, useful links and press releases

British Geological Survey (BGS)


The principal source of geological and related information. The web site contains many resources. Minerals UK is a sub-section within the BGS site.

British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA)


A trade association for primarily marine dredged sand and gravel producers. The web site provides information on regulations, resources, uses, production, general information and current issues.

Environment Agency


UK government agency concerned mainly with rivers, flooding, and pollution.

Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)


The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) is a trade association, representing organisations that award vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)


Provides information, reports, statistics and leaflets on all health and safety matters

HSE Books


Health and safety Literature on-line book shop

Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT)


The professional body specialising in the production and use of asphalt

Institute of Assessors and Internal Verifiers


Professional body for vocational assessors and verifiers

Institute of Explosives Engineers


Professional body for the explosives industry

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3)


The professional body covering mining and minerals processing.

Institute of Quarrying (IoQ)


The professional body specialising in the quarrying industry.

Mineral Products Association


The trade association representing major international quarrying companies and many of the smaller regional companies. Has information on the industry, careers, developments and relevant news items.

Mining Association of the United Kingdom (MAUK)


The Association’s members include all the major industrial mineral mining operators in the United Kingdom. Its work is concentrated on representing its member’s interest at Government and European level on environmental and health & safety issues. It is actively involved in lobbying and consulting on proposed legislation.

National Stone Centre


This centre is in the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District. It is an information and educational resource, telling the Story of Stone - history, science, technology, art and environment. A dramatic site steeped in industrial history, ecology, displaying 330 million year old fossil tropical reefs.

OFQUAL (Ofqual)


The Government regulatory body for qualifications in England.

Qualification Wales


The Regulatory Body for qualifications in Wales.



Safequarry.com is dedicated to sharing health and safety best practice across the UK quarrying industry. Through the use of automated incident alerts, best practice case studies and toolbox talks, the site aims to provide a dynamic focus on everything to do with health and safety. The website covers such issues in quarries, ready-mix concrete, mortar and asphalt plants, contract surfacing sites and slag, lime, marine and recycling sites.



Semta is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies in the UK.

Site for information on Education and skills related to Wales


SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)


The Government regulatory body for qualifications in Scotland

University of Derby


Provider of training courses, developed in partnership with the industry and aligned to employers requirements for the Quarrying, Asphalt and Concrete Technology sectors.

Virtual Quarry


Hosted by MPA a site specifically designed for schools and colleges as an introduction to the industry.