Network Rail Star award for Crossrail Anglia

Network Rail has given a Star award to VGC for work on Crossrail Anglia. The prestigious award was presented by Fenton Newport, Network Rail programme manager for Crossrail Anglia, during the project’s safety ‘Step up’ meeting on 1 July. VGC…

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Manual handling awareness presentation

Richard writes: This week I gave a presentation on manual handling awareness at the Balfour Beatty A21 Tonbridge to Pembury road widening project. In fact, I held two presentations. One at 07.00 attended by the workforce and supervisors, and one…

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Millions of safe hours on 4LM

The Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) programme has hit three million hours without a RIDDOR*. This was confirmed after the Period 3 report, proving that 4LM continues to put safety first. The last RIDDOR took place back in period 8 2014/15,…

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Ethical labour standard launch

Ciara writes: I was delighted to attend the launch of the Ethical Labour Standard earlier this month. BRE has developed this new standard to add to existing standards including ISO 6001 and SA8000, as well as the implementation of the…

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Why electronic payslips?

Elaine writes: I am the payroll manager for the VGC Group. I am responsible for running a weekly payroll for over 1,200 people working on sites across the UK. Over the last 12 months we have brought in electronic payslips.…

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Key influencer introduction day

Ten workers who attended a key influencer introduction day last week were unanimous in their approval. The day served as an introduction to the longer key influencer course. Richard Wheeler, HSQE manager, discussed how behavioural safety can be used to…

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Things to remember if you’re recruiting

Matt writes: If you’re recruiting, remember: you need to be an attractive employer. The latest State of Trade Survey by Build UK (online pdf) describes how shortages are now intensifying among white collar staff. Contractors report problems recruiting supervisors, managerial,…

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Partnership supports trainees into rail career

We have offered primary sponsorship to twelve trainees from Newcastle College’s specialist rail academy. The agreement followed successful work experience arranged for the students during a blockade on the Tyne and Wear Metro. VGC operations manager Tommy Hunter managed the…

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Building a badger sett

Michael writes: We’ve been working on an unusual and rather interesting project – an artificial badger sett. As part of our works at Crossrail Anglia for principal contractor Costain, we were asked to install a sett for a colony of…

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LSE’s ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’

VGC Group is included in the London Stock Exchange report ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’. This report identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent…

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Thanks for Easter works effort

Thank you to the many VGC workers who put in long hours over the Easter weekend. Most people spent the weekend hunting eggs, going to church, and spending time with family and friends. However, over 560 VGC team members were…

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National Apprenticeship Week 2016

This week (14 – 18 March) is National Apprenticeship Week. The week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service – it is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individual people, businesses and the wider economy.…

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