26 October 2022

Seasonal clock change 2022

Richard writes: The clocks go back on Sunday 30 October at 02:00. Be aware that your body may take a couple of days to adjust. Be extra careful on the roads, road casualty rates increase with the darker nights and poor weather and the evening rush hour will now be in the dark. Insurance companies

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26 October 2022

Krista Edwards, Assistant Quantity Surveyor

Krista writes: In September 2020, VGC supported me to enroll on a 2-year HNC qualification apprenticeship in Construction Quantity Surveying at London South Bank University. I have now successfully completed my HNC qualification and End Point Assessment. I joined VGC four years ago, with no previous construction experience, as an Operations Administrator, and was eager

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18 October 2022

Anti-Slavery Day 2022

Today is Anti-Slavery day, marked on 18 October every year, which is an opportunity to raise awareness of modern slavery, and encourage organisations, business and individuals to take action to address the issue. VGC actively take action to prevent modern slavery within the business, as well as continuing to educate ourselves through external events, and

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5 October 2022

VGC continue to demonstrate highest standards in ethical employment

We have successfully passed the Ethical Employment Audit and received the Ethical Employment Certification from Achilles.   This is a new accreditation for VGC and the audit focused on our processes of engagement and employment for both direct and indirectly employed workers. It looked at VGC’s documentation, and reviewed the practical application of these policies

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26 September 2022

VGC welcomes new apprentice cohort

Today, labour manager Jana Romanova and Natalia Lagos went to the Skills Centre to meet our eight apprentices commencing their apprenticeship on HS2 Skanska Costain Strabag Joint Venture project. In collaboration with Danny Sullivan Group and McGinley Support Services, we will be supporting the apprentices through their groundworks apprenticeships, with a mixture of on site

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30 August 2022

HS2 joins West Midlands Jobs and Skills Showcase for Commonwealth Games workers

HS2’s lead construction partner Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) has joined the West Midlands Jobs and Skills Showcase, an event aimed at finding new careers for those involved in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Temporary staff and volunteers who played a key part in the hugely successful sporting event are being encouraged to join HS2. To

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4 August 2022

Apprentice Natalia Lagos achieves distinction

Natalia joined VGC in April 2021 as an apprentice Administrator on SCS. Last week, she achieved a distinction in her NVQ level 3 diploma in Business Administration.   Natalia had chosen A-Levels in psychology, history, and sociology, but realised that she would prefer a course of study that had a practical application. In April 2021,

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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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6 July 2022

VGC wins at HS2 Awards

On 4 July 2022, Sean Fitzpatrick, Ciara Pryce, Chris Ryan and Kimberley McGinty were presented with the HS2 Inspiration Award for modern slavery prevention at the House of Commons.   The People Legacy Inspiration Awards celebrates the work that the supply chain is doing in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), skill employment, and education (SEE),

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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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