Becoming a BuildForce mentor

James writes: I’ve volunteered to be a mentor for BuildForce. BuildForce is a new programme to help ex-services personnel into construction and engineering. I believe I can help because I have experience of working my way up through various construction roles…
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National smartcard check

Ciara writes: On 8 February Build UK and CECA carried out a CSCS smartcard audit across member construction sites. The audit used smartcard technology to make sure that everyone working on the sites has the required training and qualifications to…
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BuildForce launch event

Ciara writes: Last Tuesday evening I attended the launch of BuildForce at the Tower of London. Laura (Perry, HR manager), Chris (Ryan, VGC Labour Solutions director), Stephen (Burns, business development director) and I were all really pleased to be there.…
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Client compliments and thanks

John writes: I’m pleased to say that we’ve had a number of compliments from satisfied clients recently, especially regarding the work done over the holiday period. Resignalling Network Rail Andy Gallimore, Siemens installation supervisor, sent an email about one of…
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Many thanks to Christmas holiday workers

Laurence writes: I’d like to extend a very big thank you to all our people who have safely and successfully completed works over the Christmas holiday period. Crossrail Anglia The Rail Projects team completed over £1 million worth of priced…
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Six-monthly update meeting December 2016

Zena writes: Our six-monthly staff meeting last week summed up a good 2016, and a very positive outlook for 2017. Sean Fitzpatrick, executive chairman Sean welcomed 15 members of staff who have joined us since our last meeting. All except…
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Successful ‘Boots on the Ground’ Track Partnership event

Zena writes: Balfour Beatty’s ‘Boots on the Ground’ event at the Track Partnership depot in Ruislip last night was most successful. The event focused on health and safety. Balfour Beatty’s health, safety, environmental and sustainability director Mark Groombridge held a…
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Christmas holiday arrangements

Joanne writes: VGC’s offices will close for Christmas in the evening of Friday 23 December. The offices will reopen on 3 January 2017. We have made the following arrangements for pay over the holiday season. If you have leave booked…
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Congratulations to Alex on his award

John writes: Congratulations to Alexandru Soare, who was recently given an A2 observation award by Balfour Beatty. The photo shows Balfour Beatty director Mick McCarry (right) presenting Alex with his award. He had suggested handrails be fitted to the side…
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Internet and email security – stay safe online

Sudarshan writes: Internet and email security – five steps to keep yourself safe online. 1. Never respond to emails that request personal financial information. If you receive an email you suspect isn’t genuine, delete it. Even if you think the…
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