22 November 2018

'Act Ethically and Transparently' Skanska award

Skanska presented VGC with the ‘Act Ethically and Transparently’ award at their inaugural infrastructure supply chain awards ceremony. The six awards given on the night were: Care for Life – won by Aggregate Industries Act Ethically and Transparently – won by VGC Group Be Better – Together – won by Byrne Bros Commit to Customers –

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20 November 2018

Leading the way against modern slavery in construction

Ciara writes: Construction News has recently published a report highlighting worker exploitation through modern slavery practices in the construction sector. This comes just days after six Romanian men in their 20s were rescued from alleged slavery in east London on 13 November. How many more reports like this will we have to read before the

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13 November 2018

Positive feedback from Building Confidence audit

Auditors praised VGC’s processes in the annual Achilles Building Confidence audit. We demonstrate compliance and improvement against the UK construction industry’s accreditation and registration standard through regular audits. Since 2011 the Building Confidence audits by Achilles have noted areas where we lead best practice. Elements where VGC demonstrates leadership within the field have repeatedly included safety,

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17 October 2018

Enterprise adviser Kim joins national advisory group

Skills and employment adviser Kimberley McGinty has been invited to share her expertise with a national advisory group. The invitation recognises her exemplary work as an enterprise adviser in London. Kimberley is one of only two enterprise advisers, out of 180 in the London area, chosen to sit on the Enterprise Adviser Advisory Group. This is

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1 October 2018

Career Ready partnership promotes construction careers

We have partnered with UK-wide charity Career Ready to inspire more young people to consider a career in construction. Three VGC senior managers – managing director Laurence Mckidd, group services director Ciara Pryce and HR manager Laura Perry – have volunteered to join the charity’s local advisory boards. They will partner with seven schools and

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17 September 2018

Giving young people an insight into construction

Kim writes: I work with a lot of students in my role as VGC Group’s skills and employment advisor. It is so important to give young people an insight into the world of construction and engineering, especially if it’s outside their regular experience. And it’s vital to talk to girls about the career opportunities open

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13 September 2018

Apprenticeships key to social mobility and economic growth

Improving social mobility, and better education and training, are key to addressing the UK’s productivity gap, says a new report from The 5% Club. In its report, the group sets out recommendations for business leaders and government to drive social mobility while ensuring inclusive growth. Six per cent of VGC staff are currently enrolled on

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7 September 2018

Tackling modern slavery in construction

Ciara writes: Preventing modern slavery is something I feel passionate about. I’m proud of the way we are working to remove the risk of labour exploitation within our company and our industry. It’s not a small problem. The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people are caught in slavery today. The International Labour Organisation

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4 September 2018

How do you make reinforced concrete?

Concrete resists crushing pressure, but it can crack if it is bent. So reinforced concrete is formed around steel reinforcement bars.

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19 August 2018

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 on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project for a week, starting on Monday 18 June. The project

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