Despite the challenges of COVID, we have continued to fund all our training programmes.
We are supporting many site-based VGC workers to gain life-long qualifications.
At VGC we prioritise helping people to achieve their potential. We want everyone to have the chance to learn new skills, and to develop their full potential. Encouraging people to gain NVQs is a part of the wide-ranging personal development we offer through the VGC Academy.
In partnership with The Skills Centre, we have encouraged a number of operatives to gain NVQs.
Much of the learning and assessment through the recent lockdowns has been online. However, we’re delighted that our labour managers have recently been able to present many NVQ certificates. These include:
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)
- Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision – Building and Engineering
- Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management – General.
Once a person has the level 3 supervision NVQ diploma, and a valid CSCS health and safety supervisor test, they can apply for their CSCS gold supervisor card.
Congratulations to all those who qualified recently:
- Groundworks ganger Udom-Titus Udom has achieved his NVQ levels 3 and 4. Udom joined VGC on ATC Crossrail, and then moved to join our team on HS2 SCS east section, supported by labour manager Jana Romanova.
- Pardeep Singh is a concrete ganger on HS2 SCS East. He has achieved his NVQ level 3 and is working towards level 4.
- Henok Tsegaye has gained his NVQ level 3 and 4. He is a LANTRA marshal on HS2 for client SCS, having started his career with VGC as a plant and vehicle marshal. He’s also recently completed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England first aid training.
- Ganger Conor McKeon achieved his NVQ levels 3 and 4. Conor is part of our team working on HS2 west London for client SCS.
- Streetworks supervisor Mark McMahon, who works on HS2 SCS west, gained his NVQ level 3.
- Site supervisor Liam Duggan received his NVQ level 3 and 4 certificates on HS2 SCS west section.
- Earthworks ganger Satantar Singh received his NVQ level 3 certificate from labour manager James Andrews on the Highways England M4 project where we’re working for client Balfour Beatty Vinci JV (photo above).
- Raducu Chioveanu achieved his NVQ level 3 and 4 certificates on the M4 project, where we’re supporting client Balfour Beatty Vinci JV.
- Earthworks ganger on the M4 smart motorway Gigi Falcan passed his NVQ level 3 in February 2021.
- Apprentice Benjamin Moore completed his level 2 and 3 NVQ in Framework at Sellafield.
- Rakesh Jethva achieved his level 3 and 4 NVQ diplomas. Raketh has been working as a section foreman on Crossrail at Bond Street station for client Costain Skanska JV.
- Bereket Kidane, a key influencer on Crossrail, gained his level 3 and 4.
- Section foreman on Crossrail (Westbourne Park to Whitechapel for client ATC) Elton Cala achieved his NVQ level 6 Diploma. Elton was commended by the client for his part in achieving the build and delivery of the Paddington yard siding.
While the NVQ training is trade specific and technical, it paves the way for site workers to take on supervisory roles and, in turn, take the step up to managerial level. Under the umbrella of the VGC Academy, site supervisors can continue to develop their softer skills – like emotional intelligence, self-awareness, personal effectiveness, and working collaboratively – and add value beyond the normal expectations of the job.
Head of HR Laura Perry said: “I’m delighted that so many of our staff have achieved these lifelong qualifications. Thank you to our labour managers for supporting them, and I look forward to seeing their careers continue to grow.”
Rebecca Fox, commercial manager of The Skills Centre, said: “The Skills Centre is proud to be VGC’s selected training provider. We are working in partnership to upskill the workforce including the site supervisors and site managers. I congratulate the candidates on all of their hard work and dedication during their learner journeys.”