13 November 2017

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 the scene for a spending programme that will sustain employment over the next ten years. This

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6 November 2017

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 the appointment of workplace safety champions, our key influencers. The programme equips key influencers with

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6 November 2017

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 Wood. The MCC, the Local Enterprise Partnership for London (LEAP) and the Careers & Enterprise

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24 October 2017

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 3.7 times greater risk of suicide than their peers in other sectors. Some people find

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4 October 2017

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 the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, south London, for 16-25 year olds who have left

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24 August 2017

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 2.5 million working hours since work began in 2014, and is due to finish at

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31 July 2017

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 Jana Romanova, section engineer Bobby Hayre and recruitment support co-ordinator Lewis Mould on their promotions.

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30 June 2017

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 the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored

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16 June 2017

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 also be good for us to get to know one another better. We’re really pleased

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15 June 2017

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 within the rail projects team at VGC. Rail is one of the most stringently regulated

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