16 May 2018

RIP Ron Cairns

We are deeply sorry to announce the death of former IT director Ron Cairns. Ron made a huge contribution to the development of the VGC Group business over the last 35 years. In 1983, Ron joined VGC as a consultant. He came to help with the administration of what was at the time a very

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15 May 2018

Yet again, VGC is one of LSE 1000 inspiring companies

For the second time, VGC is included in the LSE’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. The London Stock Exchange list is an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum

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14 May 2018

Ensuring a smooth ride for the royal wedding

We have been making sure everything is in top condition on the streets of Windsor, ahead of the royal wedding on 19 May. Our teams, led by graduate engineer Samuel Yick, have been responsible for ensuring that roads and pavements around the castle are in good order. The streets are expected to be crowded, with

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11 May 2018

Supporting former Carillion suppliers and staff

Our sympathy goes out to staff and supply chains hit by Carillion’s liquidation. Fortunately, VGC has not been directly affected. “Our finance and commercial teams are reviewing our supply chain to identify any indirect exposure,” said VGC chairman Sean Fitzpatrick. “We are working with our framework partners who have been in joint ventures with Carillion

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4 May 2018

Shortlisted for CECA Inspiring Change awards

We are shortlisted in two categories for the CECA Inspiring Change awards. VGC Group has been shortlisted for the Inspiring Change Award (workplace category) and Kimberley McGinty, skills and employment adviser, for the individual inspiration award. (The photograph shows Kim delivering a fairness, inclusion and respect session to some of our key influencers.) Supporting diversity

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26 April 2018

Employability event at Brixton prison

Kim writes: I went to prison last week. Tideway West invited VGC to join them at an employability skills event run by Key4Life at Brixton prison on Tuesday 17 April. Labour manager Donatus Jausicas and I were pleased to attend. Key4Life’s mission is to reduce youth reoffending. They deliver rehabilitation programmes to those in prison

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18 April 2018

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 to help companies to achieve the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS). I was delighted to

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11 April 2018

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. He’d always wanted to be a builder, so after a two-day taster at Barking and

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27 March 2018

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 Nick Wells after he visited them at the College of North East London (CONEL). Before

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16 March 2018

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 enrol him on an NVQ in highways maintenance engineering. The A14 IDT (integrated delivery team)

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