Supporting people to join our industry
We run a number of programmes to support new entrants into the construction and engineering industry.
We are committed to equal opportunities in every aspect of what we do, and we help people from under-represented groups to find employment and to develop. We offer:
- work experience for school pupils to see the range of career opportunities available in our industry
- partnerships with organisations like Beam, Buses4Homeless and GP Strategies Training, to support homeless people to start a new career in construction.
- internships to support university students as they start their careers
CSR manager Kimberley McGinty is on the board of national charity Career Ready, which boosts social mobility by empowering young people.
See the links on the right / at the bottom of this page for more information.
As members of The 5% Club, we commit to having at least five percent of our workforce enrolled in learning schemes.
We encourage all our people to develop to reach their full potential. Many of our staff are working on NVQ level 2, 3 and 4 placements in various activities including general construction operations, human resources, procurement and general business administration.
We believe that local people should benefit from major projects, so we liaise with local labour brokerages to encourage applications from the communities where we work.
Our partnership with Edinburgh College guarantees a job interview to every student who passes the NVQ railway engineering course at the college, allowing successful students to go straight into a job on one of VGC’s major projects. We also work in partnership with Brunel University, participating in their READY programme, and Newcastle College, sponsoring their Rail Academy awards.
Our career path map (500kb pdf) shows some of the options for people who choose to develop their careers with VGC.