Investment in infrastructure is welcome

Chris writes: I am pleased that the government has confirmed its commitment to delivering the high-quality infrastructure needed to sustain a competitive and productive economy. Last year the National Infrastructure Commission became an executive agency of government. This decision set…

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Additional benefits from behaviour-based safety

Our ongoing commitment to health and safety is producing an unexpected extra bonus. As well as improving site safety culture, ‘Be Safe by Choice with VGC’ has promoted dialogue between staff. VGC’s Be Safe by Choice behaviour-based safety programme includes…

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Explore Your Horizons networking for young people

Kim writes: On 19 October I took part in the Explore Your Horizons networking event for young people. The event was organised by Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteer programme, and held at Lords Cricket Ground in St John’s…

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Guest blog: Samaritans

James Woodcock, Samaritans corporate fundraising manager, writes: Statistically, construction workers across the industry are at higher risk of suicide than average. An ONS survey, Suicide by Occupation, released in March this year, found that manual workers in construction are at…

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Supporting the EPIC programme

Kim writes: A few months ago the Mayor’s Fund for London asked me to participate in their ‘EPIC’ programme, run with Serious about Youth (SAY). ‘EPIC’ stands for Employment Preparation Intensive Course. It is a two week course held at…

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Kim’s mock interviews at Ruislip high school

Kim writes: In July, I supported Ruislip high school with mock interview sessions for year 10 students (aged 15-16). A number of us from various industries had volunteered to take part in the school’s ‘Inspire the Future’ campaign. The campaign…

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Mental resilience – Northern Hub safety meeting

Graham writes: I attended an excellent Step-up for Safety session earlier this week. It was one of four sessions this week to support health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce run by the Northern Hub Alliance. The hub has had…

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Six-month company update

Our recent staff update meeting reported on progress in 2017 to date. Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick opened the meeting on 22 June. He welcomed ten new members of staff – nine of them to newly-created posts. He also congratulated senior resourcer…

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Developing young people – 5 per cent club

As part of our commitment to the next generation, we have joined the 5 per cent club. The 5% Club is an industry-led initiative focused on driving the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students. The campaign aims to get…

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Safety stand-down day planning

Will writes: I’m busy planning a safety stand-down day for everyone working in VGC Construction. 24 members of the team will get together next Monday (19 June) at Cardinal House for safety training by HSQE manager Richard Wheeler. It will…

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My first year as a graduate engineer

Tahir writes: I joined VGC group on 26 September 2016 as a graduate engineer. Not having much experience as an engineer yet, I was unsure of what to expect from the company and the role as a whole. I work…

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Local partnership helps people find new careers

Uxbridge students are on course with new careers in construction. Students on the ‘Hard-Hat-Ready’ course at Uxbridge College are about to start work for VGC. The two partners are helping people into new careers in construction and engineering. After visiting…

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