Pension increases this April

Elaine writes: From this April, you have to pay more into your pension. Your payslip will show more money going into your workplace pension after 6 April 2019. The minimum amount which you and VGC pay went up last April…

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Wellbeing at VGC

Fiona writes: As a health and safety adviser, part of my role involves raising awareness of best practice. This expanded in 2018 when I become VGC’s wellbeing champion. I look at what VGC is doing, and what other initiatives we…

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A14 IDT health, safety and wellbeing impact day

Ben writes: On 7 March I attended the A14 Integrated Delivery Team health, safety and wellbeing impact day in Peterborough. This was the second impact day on the project. The first day was focused on planning safely – taking time…

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CSR – not just ‘pink fluff’

Swati writes: “Please can I have a hug? I miss my mum.” This was my defining moment, in 2007. I was in Soweto, Johannesburg, in my role as social responsibility manager EMEA for Citibank. We were at a Citi-supported educational…

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Leading the way against modern slavery in construction

Ciara writes: Construction News has recently published a report highlighting worker exploitation through modern slavery practices in the construction sector. This comes just days after six Romanian men in their 20s were rescued from alleged slavery in east London on…

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December payroll

Elaine writes: As usual, we’ll be working hard to make sure everyone gets the right pay for Christmas 2018. VGC’s offices will close in the afternoon of Friday 21 December. The offices will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019. These…

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Giving young people an insight into construction

Kim writes: I work with a lot of students in my role as VGC Group’s skills and employment advisor. It is so important to give young people an insight into the world of construction and engineering, especially if it’s outside…

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Tackling modern slavery in construction

Ciara writes: Preventing modern slavery is something I feel passionate about. I’m proud of the way we are working to remove the risk of labour exploitation within our company and our industry. It’s not a small problem. The Global Slavery…

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Kim’s Thames Tideway Tunnel on-site experience

Kim writes: As VGC Group’s women in construction champion, I decided to get some hands-on work experience. I wanted to understand what it takes for a woman to work on site; the challenges, the lessons and the bonuses. I worked…

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Hackathon: labour market needs post-Brexit

Ciara writes: I was delighted to be invited to an immigration hackathon to explore labour market needs for employers and employees in a post-Brexit Britain. The event at the Institute of Government on Thursday 9 August 2018 was hosted by…

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Ciara’s blog: Working in industry, for industry

Ciara writes: At VGC we constantly work to improve the way we deliver our business, and ensure that we meet the needs of our clients and the people who work for us. This is why we don’t just focus on…

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Kim prepares for a week on site

As VGC Group’s women in construction champion, I’m responsible for attracting women to the industry. Although I deliver many presentations on this subject I’ve decided that I’d like to get some hands-on experience so that I can give the women…

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