Infrastructure Employment Forum (IEF) meeting

Kimberley writes: On Tuesday 16 July we presented the Infrastructure Employment Forum to tier 1 contractors and their supply chain. They are keen to come together to support ex-offenders into sustainable employment. Attendees included representatives from HS2, Keltbray and Thames…

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Air quality workshop

Ben writes: On Tuesday 2 July I attended a breakfast meeting in Lambeth on the subject of air quality. It was hosted by the Supply Chain Sustainability School, in conjunction with the Mayor of London’s Climate Action Week. After signing…

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Update: running to raise funds for SOMS

Laurence writes: 8 July 2019: How lucky I was to run 10 km with my daughter Joscelyn in my home town. I’m pleased to say we had a lovely run yesterday – and we crossed the line together. We started…

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Thames Water ‘night club’ to improve sleep

Fiona writes: Last week I went with some of our team to the Thames Water ‘night club’. Huge thanks to Aimee Cain, Thames Water’s occupational health and wellbeing manager, for hosting the group from VGC Group and Balfour Beatty. (The…

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Mental health awareness week 2019

Fiona writes: VGC had a great week raising awareness of mental health. We had a series of activities which got head office and site staff involved in our initiatives to inspire people to think and talk about mental health. To…

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2019 work experience

Callum writes: I have just completed my week of work experience at VGC’s head office in Ruislip. I was lucky enough to work with and learn from most of the various departments which make up this company. I have now…

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Improve your mental fitness

Guest blog by Dr Phil Cooper of State of Mind Sport: Simple steps to begin to improve your mental fitness 1. You could think about the last time you did something new and how it felt. It’s never too late…

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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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