8 May 2017

Improving cable avoidance

Will writes: We’re working closely with client CVU to mitigate the risk of cable strikes. We have a major contract with CVU (Colas, Volker Highways, URS JV) to upgrade traffic signals, roads and footways in London. Unfortunately we often come across services which have not been installed to industry standards. Additions and ad hoc repairs

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19 April 2017

Client commendations for John's teams

Graham writes: Recently teams led by labour manager John Daly received several commendations from clients. Manchester to Blackpool rail upgrade Gangs working on the Manchester to Blackpool line were thanked by our client Siemens. The first was an incident in Bradshaw Fields, where we are working on LOC bases on the PN21BR Manchester to Bolton

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10 April 2017

Costain Blue status three times running

Our team at C412 Bond Street has achieved Costain Blue status for the third reporting period in a row. Blue status is awarded for ‘inspirational’ performance in areas including quality, safety, people, health and environment. “Well done to labour manager James Burke and the whole team for this achievement,” said Chris Ryan, director of VGC

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30 March 2017

James Berry highly commended in Crossrail awards

At the Crossrail awards event on 29 March, apprentice James Berry was highly commended in the Apprenticeship Collaboration category. “This is a great achievement,” said Chris Ryan, director of VGC Labour Solutions south. “James was successful out of over 650 apprentices across the project. Well done to him, and to Lewis Bennett who was also nominated.”

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23 March 2017

Shortlisted for Construction News Diversity award

We have been selected as a finalist for the Diversity Champion of the Year category 2017 Construction News Award. Shortlisted in this important category are: Balfour Beatty Carillion Highways Interserve Construction Lendlease VGC Group Vinci Construction UK This is because we promote fairness and respect and celebrate diversity across our whole workforce. We have a

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24 February 2017

Successful audit update to 2015 standards

We have successfully made the transition to the new BS EN ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standards. These replace the previous BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 quality management and BS EN ISO 14001:2004 environmental standards. The new standards formalise and improve our planning to address risks and opportunities throughout our business. They cover the scope of

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8 February 2017

VGC wishes Mike a happy retirement

VGC Cole Hire has said farewell to Mike Buckingham on his retirement. As director, Mike has managed the vehicle rental business for 26 years. “During this time, Mike has offered a very professional and personal service to all our customers, both internal and external,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, VGC executive chairman. Nicki Mason has been promoted

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27 January 2017

Rail engineering apprentices’ careers on track with VGC

Apprentices from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) have reached the first milestone in their new careers. They will return to the college for the day on Friday 27 January, as part of their NVQ qualification process. The apprentices joined VGC Group last autumn. Each was placed within a skilled team,

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26 January 2017

VGC sponsors BuildForce launch event

VGC Group is a key launch sponsor of BuildForce, a new initiative to connect service leavers with opportunities in construction and engineering. BuildForce will officially ‘go live’ at an industry event in the Fusiliers Museum at the Tower of London on Tuesday 31 January. Over 150 industry and military contacts will discuss how offering trageted

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20 January 2017

Our new charity for 2017: Samaritans

VGC will be supporting Samaritans in 2017. “We are proud to have a large and incredibly diverse workforce at VGC. The issues which Samaritans can help people with can affect anyone, regardless of their background,” said Ciara Pryce, Group Services director. “We want to increase the awareness of these issues amongst our colleagues, signpost them

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