VGC Academy logoThe VGC Academy will help VGC staff to achieve their potential.

We launched the VGC Academy in October 2019. It helps staff to create their own tailored development plans, so they can work toward their career goals.

VGC Academy approach to learning and development makes sure that every employee can:

  • have meaningful conversations about their careers
  • access learning opportunities that will help them to progress
  • get constructive feedback on their job performance.
VGC staff taking part VGC Academy
VGC staff taking part in the core foundation module

“At VGC, we aim to give all of our people the support they need to achieve their potential, whatever their role and wherever they started their VGC journey,” said group services director Ciara Pryce. “Working with learning and development specialists, our HR department created the VGC behavioural competency framework, which has been carefully designed to reflect our values and be relevant for everyone.

“It focuses on positive, values-led behaviours that transfer across all areas of our work, and enable people to plan their goals, work well together and deliver results.”

VGC is defined by our values, by the things we believe are important; these behaviours are the practical application of those values.

VGC values
Our values

Twelve key behaviours

The 12 behaviours set out in the framework reinforce our company values, summarised as: we achieve potential; we deliver on our promises; we look after each other. They include

  • innovation
  • adaptability
  • tenacity
  • resilience
  • client focus
  • team work
  • diplomatic sensitivity.

After setting out these core behaviours, we worked with a learning and development specialist to create a programme to reinforce and enhance these behaviours across the company.

All VGC employees benefit from the core and intermediate development programmes. These are followed by a management and leadership programme for anyone who already fills a senior position, or who has such a position in their sights.

Our behaviour-based safety programme includes our key influencers and a workforce leaders’ course. As well as health and safety, it covers

  • fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR)
  • mental health
  • wellbeing
  • modern slavery.


VGC Academy structure