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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EGIP improves lives as well as Scotland’s rail links

The Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) is a £742 million investment to upgrade key Scottish rail infrastructure. At the same time, it is bringing new career opportunities to local people. Chris Turner, David Aikenhead and Robert Clark are among…

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Energy management system ISO 50001 confirmed

Following a stringent audit, VGC has achieved ISO 50001 certification. This certification means that we satisfy the legal requirements of ESOS, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, which is mandatory for all large UK businesses. ESOS was introduced in the UK…

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Winter driving

John writes: Driving is more hazardous during bad weather, so please do take care. Check the forecast, plan your journey allowing time for delays, slow down, and be prepared for mistakes by others. We want everyone to get to work…

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Shortlisted for corporate social responsibility award

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the UK Rail Industry Awards in the corporate social responsibility category. VGC’s entry is one of only seven to have been shortlisted from among a wide range of entrants, representing substantial competition. The…

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