Simon joined VGC in 2011 as a track machine operator. He is now our learning and development manager.

In his video, Simon describes how he supports our apprentices on projects across the UK.

Apprentices make up more than 6% of our total workforce. Read more about our apprenticeship programme.

From the army to the railways

Simon joined the British Army soon after leaving school, and became a tank mechanic in REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). After leaving the forces, he joined the British Rail engineering school in 1994, and then moved into the signalling and telecommunications side of the industry. He gained the PTTLS (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) training qualification and then became a TACQUA (A1 assessor).

After joining VGC’s rail delivery fleet on the SCPV (switch and crossing panel vehicle) as an operative, his training qualifications gave him the opportunity to join the training team. VGC supported him to pass the Diploma in Training and Assessing in the Workplace Environment at the University of Derby. “VGC definitely encourages people to seek appropriate qualifications and further their personal development,” he says.


Simon Clamp and Michael Elwood
Simon with Michael Elwood

When Michael Elwood retired in 2015, Simon was promoted to the role of rail delivery operations manager. In this role, he managed the 55 rail delivery operatives deployed across the UK to deliver rail for Network Rail upgrades and repairs.

In December 2016 he was promoted to operations manager for the northern labour team. He is now responsible for the workforce in the segment of the country from Rugby up to Preston, and across to south Yorkshire. In addition, he co-ordinates all the training and safety requirements for the northern teams, liaising with the head office HSQE and training departments. “Having lived in Derby all my life, I know the area well and feel well placed to support the local teams,” he said.

In March 2018 Simon was appointed to the newly-created post of learning and development manager. His main strategic focus will be driving our apprenticeship programme.

Working for VGC

Simon Clamp“VGC is a very welcoming employer: all staff feel like a part of the VGC team. It’s a real family atmosphere. They have given me the belief that I can achieve anything, which has helped me to relax and succeed in my chosen career.  I would recommend VGC to anybody looking for a company which offers you opportunity, support and that the rewards that go with your success.”

Simon is one of VGC’s mentors for BuildForce. With our other mentoring volunteers, he helps other ex-services personnel find a rewarding new career in construction and engineering.

If you want to join VGC and enjoy a career in construction, please send your CV to or fill in our application form.