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VGC is shortlisted for the Construction News Diversity and Inclusion Excellence award.

The award, sponsored by Trad-UK, recognises industry-leading efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce culture.

VGC is one of just eight shortlisted in the category. The other shortlisted companies are Kier Construction, Kier Highways, Sir Robert McAlpine, Imtech, Encon Construction and Willmott Dixon.

Group services director Ciara Pryce said: “It is good to have such positive news at this difficult time. We are delighted to be shortlisted for this Construction News award for our work to support ex-offenders into construction careers. Go beyond the gates creates employment opportunities and avoids exclusion by giving ex-offenders a second chance.”

Our Go beyond the gates programme, led by CSR manager Kimberley McGinty, gives some of the UK’s most vulnerable people the chance to gain a sustainable career in construction. During 2019, VGC supported 1109 offenders, with five volunteers visiting 17 prisons. By the end of the year, 27 ex-offenders were working on VGC sites across the UK.

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All the shortlisted companies are listed on the CN Awards website. They were invited to present to the judges for the final stage, and the winners will be announced online on 26 November (postponed from the original date of 14 October). Tickets to the virtual awards event are free – just register at

VGC received Highly Commended in the Community Engagement category of the CN Specialists awards. The winners were announced at a virtual event on 17 November. (This awards event was also postponed from its original date March, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.)

[Page updated 18 November 2020]


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