VGC is a founder member of the Infrastructure Employment Forum (IEF).

IEF meeting July 2019
Natalie Sultana, SCS; Dave Smith, Costain; Wayne Lewis, BounceBack; Kimberley McGinty, VGC; Megan Prigmore, CSJV

In autumn 2018, Costain, BounceBack and VGC Group set up a new working group, the Infrastructure Employment Forum. The forum co-ordinates employment for ex-offenders across construction projects and companies.

Mission: to provide a national collaborative recruitment and education gateway within the construction industry, for those with criminal convictions.

employers outside Brixton Prison
Infrastructure Employment Forum employers outside Brixton prison

The programme provides careers and job-search advice, and works with the probation service and relevant partner organisations to find housing and additional support to help people get their lives back on track.

Together we aim to create more opportunities for ex-offenders to

  • gain long term sustainable employment
  • achieve economic independence
  • positively contribute to society.

We share best practice, aiming to scale the projects together to provide industry sustainability.

Major industry businesses and influencers have joined the IEF.

IEF meeting
An IEF meeting hosted by VGC in May 2019


  • Costain
  • VGC Group
  • Highways England
  • Tideway
  • HS2
  • Mace
  • Murphys
  • Danny Sullivan Group
  • Hercules Site Services
  • Kier
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Tone Scaffolding
  • Strabag
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Eiffage
  • Kilnbridge
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Tykon Group
  • Skanska
  • Haatton
  • Crossrail

Charities and supporters

  • Nacro
  • Ministry of Justice
  • CRC
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • A Fairer Chance
  • Elite Project Services
  • BEAM
  • Mind the Gap
  • Shaw Trust
  • BounceBack
  • Key 4 Life
  • Mind the Gap
  • New Futures Network
  • HM Prison and Probation Services