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Sector Skills Strategy Group

The SSSG consists of Institute of Explosives Engineers (IExpE) Corporate members, and is a collaborative group of varying organisations from across the sector, who provide strategic direction to sustain explosives skills. The group was formed after acknowledging the ‘ESA Feasibility Study’, undertaken by J. Akhavan & Dr D Tisley, Cranfield University, which identified a risk to loss of skills/competence within the industry.  Subsequently, the SSSG formed sub-groups to facilitate the needs of the industry, the chairpersons of these groups report directly to the SSSG group members.

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Working Groups within the SSSG

A collection of smaller sub-groups, which work collaboratively on individual projects, to provide strategic direction to sustain explosives skills.

Early Careers Focus Group

The ECFG was created in 2014 beneath the SSSG; its aims to establish a network of contacts of those embarking on a career within the energetics sector, such as apprentices, graduates and ensuring that they, along with those within the first 10 years of their career are fully represented in the plans that shape the future of the sector.

The ECFG meets quarterly and encourages the sharing of knowledge, creating a strong networking community and coordinating events and information, gaining visits to organisations within the sector. The chairperson of the ECFG engages directly with the SSSG as a voice which promotes the thoughts of tomorrow’s leaders to the sector leaders of today.

Education & Training Working Group (E&TWG)

The main focus of the E&TWG is to maintain and raise the competence of personnel within the sector; this is achieved by supporting initiatives, such as the Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME) Apprenticeship Trailblazers and STEM Futures collaboration. They have established partnerships with universities across the UK to deliver the recently approved L6 OME apprenticeship. Future projects include the creation of a L1-L7 qualifications. In addition to offering their own training courses, IExpE have a robust course endorsement process which allows organisations to promote their training through IExpE.

Safety Working Group (SWG)

One of the SSSG objectives is the sharing of lessons learnt in safety; the SWG steers this objective on their behalf, with their most prominent task being to discuss and disseminate instances such as near misses and accidents in the form of the Past Accident Reviews (PAR). In addition, as an aid to developing new toolkits, techniques and good practice guidance, the group run workshops as a platform for transfer of knowledge.

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Mission Statement

“To encourage a sustained & prosperous UK energetics sector, with recognised world class skills satisfying present and future business needs”

“In skills and safety, we co-operate”

Membership Benefits

Progress your career, learn about developments and advances in your field, share a forum with like-minded professional colleagues, all here to support one another.


Access to IExpE Events

Access to IExpE Member dashboard, and all it features such as the knowledgebase

Access to IExpE mechanisms for liaison and lobbying related authorities (Government, HSE, etc.)

Free of charge endorsement of training courses and CPD schemes

IExpE quarterly journal, Explosives Engineering

Voting member at SSSG

SSSG support via full time staff at IExpE offices (SME and Admin)

Use of IExpE Logo in relevant documents/marketing

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Membership Benefits

By becoming an IExpE Corporate Member you will have access to the following resources:

SSSG Documents Library

The SSSG Document Library gives you full access to SSSG documentation

SSSG Past Accident Review

The Past Accident Review (PAR) expands the HSE’s Explosives Incidents Database (EIDAS) to include good practice and help us learn from mistakes of the past.

SSSG Role Profiles

Generic role profiles are intended to provide you with a starting point when developing your own job specifications for your organisation.

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