Kim’s Thames Tideway Tunnel on-site experience

Kim writes: As VGC Group’s women in construction champion, I decided to get some hands-on work experience. I wanted to understand what it takes for a woman to work on site; the challenges, the lessons and the bonuses. I worked…

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Goodmayes team wins Costain safety award

Costain presented our team at Goodmayes with a SHE award after they stepped in to help out after a passenger incident. Foreman Andy Smith and his team assisted the emergency services. A passenger train was stopped outside Goodmayes station for 90…

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Hackathon: labour market needs post-Brexit

Ciara writes: I was delighted to be invited to an immigration hackathon to explore labour market needs for employers and employees in a post-Brexit Britain. The event at the Institute of Government on Thursday 9 August 2018 was hosted by…

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Two further Network Rail Star awards

Our rail teams have won a further two Network Rail star awards for their work on Crossrail Anglia sub-station projects. Crossrail’s senior construction manager assessed the Gidea Park and Shenfield sites on 27 June. At each of the sites, VGC is…

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Ciara’s blog: Working in industry, for industry

Ciara writes: At VGC we constantly work to improve the way we deliver our business, and ensure that we meet the needs of our clients and the people who work for us. This is why we don’t just focus on…

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Macdonald wins joint Crossrail collaboration award

Michael Lee, construction interface manager, and Macdonald Onwona, general foreman and lead worksite train controller (WTC), have jointly won a Crossrail collaboration award. Macdonald reports to Michael on ATC Systemwide. This is the Alstom TSO Costain joint venture managing the C610…

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VGC supports 5% Club recommendations to tackle ‘diversity deadlock’

We support The 5% Club ‘Breaking the Deadlock’ report in calls for urgent action to drive a more diverse and inclusive uptake of earn and learn placements. The report notes that business heads, industry sectors and the government need to be…

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June 2018 company update

Different presenters offered new points of view at last week’s six-monthly update. Twice a year, everyone who can make it gathers in the Cardinal House boardroom, for an update on how the business is doing. Thanks, welcomes and a sad…

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Kim prepares for a week on site

As VGC Group’s women in construction champion, I’m responsible for attracting women to the industry. Although I deliver many presentations on this subject I’ve decided that I’d like to get some hands-on experience so that I can give the women…

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Observations lead to fewer incidents

Our key influencers are making a tremendous difference everywhere they work. Since 2012 the number of observations has risen in direct proportion to the number of key influencers on site. And, as shown on the graph above left, as observations (blue) have…

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Meeting the secretary of state for work and pensions

Ciara writes: I met Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey in Caxton House in Westminster last week. It was a very useful discussion of the labour market with key industry leaders. They included Peter Cheese, chief executive…

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Ciara Pryce is one of the UK’s top Modern Slavery influencers

Our group services director, Ciara Pryce, has been named one of the top 100 Modern Slavery influencers. The inaugural 2018 Annual UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index recognises people from all sectors who are leading awareness to end modern…

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