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A round up of key industry news from VGC. Topical news stories from the wider construction sector and updates on major infrastructure projects that impact people, communities and the environment.

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1 August 2022

How HS2 is “upskilling the next generation” of female engineers

Three phases of HS2 are now officially underway, with 170 miles of new high-speed railway under construction between London and Crewe. Europe’s biggest infrastructure project has so far supported an enormous 25,000 jobs, but it’s also opened up a world of opportunities for those hoping to break into the industry.     According to the HS2

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5 July 2022

Civil engineering sector on the up – experts identify positive signs of growth

The last few years have proved enormously challenging for many UK sectors, in the wake of Covid-19 and its hard-hitting economic impact. Civil engineering faced its fair share of setbacks, including the suspension of engineering sites across the country during multiple pandemic lockdowns. This inevitably affected growth, which dropped by a worrying 15% during 2020.

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6 May 2022

Future of Work in Construction Conference 2022

On 4 May, I attended the ‘Future of Work in Construction’ conference at the ExCeL Centre in London. Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer of HS2 opened with a keynote address, ‘building back better and equal.’ He explored the meaning behind the motto, ‘I care, you count, we matter,’ and emphasised that we have a rare

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23 February 2022

HS2 report identifies earthworks savings of £300m a year for UK infrastructure sector 

A new study has found that the UK’s infrastructure sector could save an enormous £300 million a year by changing how it manages earthworks projects.   The report comes from HS2, in conjunction with the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Partnership (i3P) and Expedition Engineering. A total of 28 organisations were involved in the research, including some

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23 February 2022

£31m of new UK Government funding confirmed for floating offshore wind projects 

The UK Government has announced a total of £31 million in new grant funding for the offshore wind sector, earmarked for the development of innovative floating offshore wind technologies.   The funding comes from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through its Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme. But ultimately, the money is

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19 May 2021

Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership award

We have been recognised by the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership with a Procurement Skills Accord award for 2021.

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14 April 2021

West Midlands construction gateway training

We are pleased to be playing a key part in a new six-week pre-employment construction gateway for new entrants to the construction industry.

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28 February 2020

Is the industry ready for change?

James asks if the industry is ready to change: can construction achieve a more diverse and inclusive workforce by following normal practices?

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19 February 2020

What will the new immigration system mean to our industry?

Ciara explains concerns about the impact of the new points-based immigration system: "migrant labour is not the same as cheap, unskilled labour."

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30 July 2019

Rail Industry Association trailblazer launch

Bob writes: On 11 July I attended the launch of the of Rail Industry Association’s (RIA) trailblazers’ campaign. Civil engineer Derek Emmett, who is a member of RIA, kindly invited me to go with him. The launch was in the form of a workshop run in collaboration with Young Rail Professionals (YRP) and the Civil

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