The VGC Group has won the Training category in the inaugural Infrastructure 21 awards, which recognise best practice in key supply chain competencies.
The awards are part of a new Leadership programme by CECA (Civil Engineering Contractors Association) and New Civil Engineer which has identified six areas of importance for the future of civil engineering.
VGC works to help under-represented groups to access training and employment opportunities. The company has invested heavily in training, including graduate, work experience, work placement and apprenticeship schemes, and in upskilling and multi-skilling its workforce. VGC’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies and practices also played a part in the win.
“This award is testament to the investment in strategic labour needs and training (SLNT) strategy which we have delivered over the past five years,” said Chris Ryan, director of VGC Labour Solutions South. “Well done to everyone involved.”
The awards were presented at the national launch of CECA’s Infrastructure Leadership Programme on 11 June 2015. Leaders from across the sector, including Terry Morgan, chairman of Crossrail, and Beth West, commercial director of HS2, commended companies showing leadership in the six key areas of:
- Training (VGC Group)
- Health and wellbeing (J McCann)
- Innovation (Keller)
- Business excellence (Speedy)
- Leadership (D-Drill)
At the event Sir John Armitt, chairman of City & Guilds (formerly chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority), delivered the keynote address and Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of CECA, discussed the key priorities for development of the UK infrastructure supply chain.
Photograph: VGC Managing Director Laurence McKidd received the award for demonstrating excellence in training from Beth West, Commercial Director, HS2