School careers visit – ‘Aspirations’ afternoon

Kim writes: I spent yesterday afternoon talking about careers in construction to year 9 students at Fulham Boys School. The school had organised a ‘speed networking’ event to help the boys with their career planning. They wanted to help to…

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Our Christmas gifts are little desktop plants

Zena writes: Our Christmas gifts this year are little desktop plant pots. The pots are made of 95% recycled aluminium – which are recyclable, too. They contain nasturtium and calendula seeds. They should germinate within about 10 – 14 days.…

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Investment in infrastructure is welcome

Chris writes: I am pleased that the government has confirmed its commitment to delivering the high-quality infrastructure needed to sustain a competitive and productive economy. Last year the National Infrastructure Commission became an executive agency of government. This decision set…

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Don’t miss this career opportunity

Jana writes: At VGC Group we are always looking for skilled operatives to join our existing teams on civils and rail projects. Our recruitment teams will be travelling across the UK to meet local people to discuss opportunities about our…

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Explore Your Horizons networking for young people

Kim writes: On 19 October I took part in the Explore Your Horizons networking event for young people. The event was organised by Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteer programme, and held at Lords Cricket Ground in St John’s…

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Guest blog: Samaritans

James Woodcock, Samaritans corporate fundraising manager, writes: Statistically, construction workers across the industry are at higher risk of suicide than average. An ONS survey, Suicide by Occupation, released in March this year, found that manual workers in construction are at…

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ICE mock trial – service strike

Fiona writes: I recently attended a very interesting mock trial event. Hosted by ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), it was a re-enactment of a previous case brought by the HSE. The case followed a supervisor prosecuted under the Health at…

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Supporting the EPIC programme

Kim writes: A few months ago the Mayor’s Fund for London asked me to participate in their ‘EPIC’ programme, run with Serious about Youth (SAY). ‘EPIC’ stands for Employment Preparation Intensive Course. It is a two week course held at…

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St Mary’s university graduation ceremony

Sean writes: In July this year it was my honour to deliver the keynote speech at the graduation ceremony for the Arts and Humanities faculty at St Mary’s university. It was a very special day for all those gathered at…

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Kim’s mock interviews at Ruislip high school

Kim writes: In July, I supported Ruislip high school with mock interview sessions for year 10 students (aged 15-16). A number of us from various industries had volunteered to take part in the school’s ‘Inspire the Future’ campaign. The campaign…

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Mental resilience – Northern Hub safety meeting

Graham writes: I attended an excellent Step-up for Safety session earlier this week. It was one of four sessions this week to support health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce run by the Northern Hub Alliance. The hub has had…

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Women in construction workshop

Kimberley writes: Just before the end of the academic year, I presented my first ‘Women in construction’ workshop at Northwood School. There is a large shortfall of women working in the construction and engineering industry. Only 11% of the construction…

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