Members of VGC’s workforce are playing a key part in the Tideway East and Tideway West projects.
In November 2019 we were proud to receive a Costain ‘Defining Blue’ award for exceptional performance on Tideway East in Q1 and Q2.
Our teams have delivered presentations on modern slavery, fairness, inclusion and respect, and mental health, to the workforce. Visiting all Tideway East and West sites over winter 2018 – 2019, they have presented to over 250 operatives. We followed these up with presentations by mental wellbeing charity State of Mind Sport. Feedback from the site teams has been very positive.
In June 2018, our skills and employment adviser Kimberley McGinty spent a week on site as part of her role as VGC’s women in construction champion.
Our key influencer at Tideway East, John O’Loughlin, has been complimented by client SHEQ management for his ‘excellent’ safety briefing. John has been a key influencer since December 2017, and is also a trained mental health first aider.
Go beyond learning
We are supporting a number of careers initiatives in partnership with the Tideway teams. For example:
The project kindly allowed our work experience student, Maddy, to see a major construction site.
We supported an employability skills event at Brixon prison with Tideway West and Key4Life.
We took part in a jobs and skills fair with Greenwich council in September 2019.
The Thames Tideway project
The new 25km super sewer under the Thames river is due to be completed in 2023. It will replace Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s original sewers, built in the 19th century. They were planned to cope with a population of up to four million people, compared to today’s London population of over nine million.