Since the very start of the VGC Group, we have always worked to be fair to all our workers, as well as our clients.
Our approach to business is built on partnership and collaboration. By giving our people the training, support and opportunities to achieve their ambitions, we’re stronger as a business, and we can exceed our clients’ expectations.
We have received numerous awards because of how seriously we take safety, training, and looking after our people.
A long-term career
We attract and retain hard-working people who share our values. We show how much we appreciate people’s contribution with awards including ‘Outperformance’ awards for good work. Five- and ten-year awards acknowledge the loyalty of people who stay with us.
We are pleased that as of October 2015:
- 34.5% of head office staff have been with us for more than five years
- and 12.5% have been with us for more than 10 years.
Checking your right to work
We check carefully before you can start work to make sure you have the right to work in the UK.
We will also make sure that you are properly qualified to do your job safely. And you will be tested for drugs and alcohol before you are allowed onto a worksite.
We invest in training our people, to make sure they can do their jobs safely and well. We also give people the chance to learn extra skills, so they can work on many different projects.
Extra training also offers the opportunity for promotion. We have a policy of promoting internally. Read about some of the people who have been promoted to senior positions at VGC.
Modern Slavery Act 2015
Our careful checks on all workers make sure that slavery and human trafficking can never play any part in our business.
Our fully audited and accredited business management system includes company policies and procedures which make sure that we operate fair and transparent systems. These are compliant with all areas of UK legislation. They include:
- 4.SQE.CP.004 Modern slavery
- 4.SQE.QP.004 Recruitment
- 3.HR.EP.002 Prevention of Illegal working
- 4.SQE.CP.008 Training
4.SQE.QP.006 Purchasing and supplier approval
- 3.HR.EP.003 Corporate social responsibility
- 4.SQE.CP.013 Whistleblowing
- 3.HR.ADM.012 Grievance procedure
Specific processes prevent modern slavery and human trafficking:
- Face to face recruitment interview with all workers to gauge willingness, ability and qualifications to carry out the specific job role
- Stringent checks on right to work in the UK
- Payment for hours worked made into personal bank accounts
- Fair opportunity and access to training, development and promotion opportunities
- Policy of promotion from within the organisation
- Fair supplier approval process dealing with both qualitative and quantitative requirements.
If allegations are made about our suppliers not complying with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, a full investigation will take place. The contract will be terminated immediately if non-compliance is identified. Where appropriate we may offer advice on how to remediate the situation.
If you have any areas of concern in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, or you are working alongside anyone from another company who you think may not be employed appropriately, and might be the victim of trafficking, please report it. Please tell your supervisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we will not tell anyone your name if you would prefer to stay anonymous.
This statement will be reviewed annually at the end of our financial year (31 December).
This statement has been prepared by Ciara Pryce, Group Services director, and approved by the VGC Group board of directors.