Northern Ireland

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Quarries offer an abundance of opportunities for learning about the world around us.


Quarries offer an abundance of opportunities for learning about the world around us.

Visit our interactive website Virtual Quarry to learn more.

Teaching resources available: You will find 20 educational units across key stages 1 – 4 covering science, geography, education for sustainable development and citizenship. All have been written by teachers. You can adapt the standard QCA schemes of work while still meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. We have also produced a whirlwind tour document specifically for teachers.

Quarries play an important part in all our lives; they are places of work and not for play. You should only visit a quarry as part of an organised trip by initiation from the Quarry Manager.

For more information

If your School or local interest group would like a supervised tour of a quarry or talk by a local Quarry Manager please contact us if you would like help or advice on setting up a visit.

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To join a hi-tech industry worth over £700 million to Northern Ireland…you have to dig deep

The Quarry Products Industry gives is places to live, places to work, places to play and much more…

Such a vital industry needs the right people to make it all work. From planning to site management, engineering, mobile plant operation and maintenance, to restoration of the environment, there are a range of careers at the sharp end of quarrying.

A vast network of roles keeps the industry moving. IT, accountancy, sales and marketing and HR all play a major part in pushing the industry forward. Unlike many other industries, quarrying also offers responsibility quickly with a range of management opportunities that could see you controlling multi-million pound operations.

Are you ready to rock? Quarrying is a vital and environmentally responsible industry – could you play a part in keeping it one of Europe’s leaders?

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