ELS presentation at the House of Lords

John writes: I spoke at the House of Lords yesterday about our achievement of the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard. Baroness Young of Hornsey hosted the reception at the House of Lords to mark the launch of ELS online, a digital tool…

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VGC’s rising star Charlie

Charlie Passingham used to struggle to get out of bed. Now he’s a VGC traffic marshal with a bright future ahead of him. Charlie has Asperger’s and was suffering from suffocating panic attacks until MENCAP helped him with coping strategies.…

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Successful NVQs for five apprentices

Congratulations to five of our apprentices on their successful NVQ qualifications. Daniel Smith, David Williams Sarpong, Daniel Pang, Arsalan Aleem and Josiah Narkwa recently completed their Level 2 NVQ Diplomas in Railway Engineering. The apprentices signed up with labour manager…

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Welcome to Lemos, our latest apprentice

Lemos Pereria has started his apprenticeship on the A14. Lemos (on the right in the photo, next to key influencer Rishi Khera) has joined our trail-blazer apprenticeship programme. He started on 16 March as a general operative, and VGC will…

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Pay arrangements for Easter 2018

VGC’s offices will be closed from the evening of Thursday 29 March until 08:30 on Tuesday 3 April. Pay arrangments for Easter: For hours worked during the week between Saturday 17 March and Sunday 25 March: Wages will be processed…

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Crowdfunding helped Joe into work with VGC

Joe is working in his first job since 2003, for VGC Group on the Northern Line extension. For over a decade, Joe was homeless. He slept in hostels and on friends’ sofas – and sometimes on the streets. Until last year…

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Women in VGC network launch

Our Women in VGC network launched on International Women’s Day. The meeting, at Cardinal House, saw an excellent turnout of VGC women, with a number of male supporters. Everyone has a voice In his welcome, MD Laurence Mckidd stated that…

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Excellent Inspire Me workshop

Zena writes: Last Thursday I attended the first Inspire Me workshop. VGC is proud to be an official supporter of the campaign. Most of the workshop attendees were women: a refreshing reverse of the normal gender balance at construction events. Everyone…

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Why VGC is supporting the ‘Inspire Me’ campaign

Why has VGC become a supporter of ‘Inspire Me’? We know our industry is facing a skills shortage, exacerbated by Brexit and an ageing workforce. Arcadis research suggests that British construction must recruit over 400,000 people every year between now and…

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VGC achieves Ethical Labour Standard

VGC is the first labour supply company in the UK to achieve the new Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (BES 6002:2017). VGC is also the first company in the rail sector, and one of just three companies to date, to attain the…

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Women in Construction group – our first meeting

Ciara writes: Our initial Women in Construction group meeting yesterday morning went extremely well. We were delighted that our chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, joined us for the start of the meeting. He reaffirmed that we have senior level board support for…

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Women in construction champion – a busy winter

Kim writes: It’s been a busy winter so far, and it’s going to get even busier. Since my last blog, I have met more people about taking my Women in construction programme into schools, as well as working with BuildForce…

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