December 2018 company update

Our biannual staff meeting was held on 11 December in Cardinal House. Thanks for a successful 2018 Executive chairman Sean Fitzpatrick thanked everyone for their work this year, particularly those who achieved in extreme weather. Sean welcomed twelve new members…

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Lewis Bennett completes his apprenticeship

Lewis Bennett has finished his apprenticeship. As a qualified groundworker, he is now set for a successful career. Lewis works for client Balfour Beatty on the Crossrail Woolwich Box C530 project. “Well done to Lewis – he is a role…

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NVQ apprenticeship successes at Hinkley Point

Congratulations to Scott McKay and Mike Jennings on successfully completing their apprenticeships at Hinkley Point power station. They have gained Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Construction Operations which includes a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services. Both…

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‘Act Ethically and Transparently’ Skanska award

Skanska presented VGC with the ‘Act Ethically and Transparently’ award at their inaugural infrastructure supply chain awards ceremony. The six awards given on the night were: Care for Life – won by Aggregate Industries Act Ethically and Transparently – won by…

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Leading the way against modern slavery in construction

Ciara writes: Construction News has recently published a report highlighting worker exploitation through modern slavery practices in the construction sector. This comes just days after six Romanian men in their 20s were rescued from alleged slavery in east London on…

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Positive feedback from Building Confidence audit

Auditors praised VGC’s processes in the annual Achilles Building Confidence audit. We demonstrate compliance and improvement against the UK construction industry’s accreditation and registration standard through regular audits. Since 2011 the Building Confidence audits by Achilles have noted areas where…

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Enterprise adviser Kim joins national advisory group

Skills and employment adviser Kimberley McGinty has been invited to share her expertise with a national advisory group. The invitation recognises her exemplary work as an enterprise adviser in London. Kimberley is one of only two enterprise advisers, out of 180…

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Career Ready partnership promotes construction careers

We have partnered with UK-wide charity Career Ready to inspire more young people to consider a career in construction. Three VGC senior managers – managing director Laurence Mckidd, group services director Ciara Pryce and HR manager Laura Perry – have…

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Sudarshan Deshmukh promoted to IT director

We’re pleased to announce that Sudarshan Deshmukh has been promoted to the role of IT director. Sudarshan Deshmukh, also known as ‘SD’, has worked for VGC for 12 years. He joined as an IT assistant and was promoted to deputy…

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Giving young people an insight into construction

Kim writes: I work with a lot of students in my role as VGC Group’s skills and employment advisor. It is so important to give young people an insight into the world of construction and engineering, especially if it’s outside…

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Apprenticeships key to social mobility and economic growth

Improving social mobility, and better education and training, are key to addressing the UK’s productivity gap, says a new report from The 5% Club. In its report, the group sets out recommendations for business leaders and government to drive social…

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Tackling modern slavery in construction

Ciara writes: Preventing modern slavery is something I feel passionate about. I’m proud of the way we are working to remove the risk of labour exploitation within our company and our industry. It’s not a small problem. The Global Slavery…

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