Edinburgh to Glasgow programme set to improve lives as well as Scotland’s rail links
The Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) is a £742 million investment to upgrade key Scottish rail infrastructure. At the same time, it is bringing new career opportunities to local people.
Chris Turner, David Aikenhead and Robert Clark are among a group of new recruits who have started new long-term careers in rail with the VGC Group on EGIP.
Previously unemployed, they completed an e-learning course, a medical test, and a three-week training course which culminated in the award of the PTS (personal track safety) qualification.
After completing the VGC recruitment and selection process, their determination and hard work has paid off: they are now well established in their employment with the VGC Group.
“I’ve been with VGC for just under two months now – l am really enjoying the track experience this far,” said David Aikenhead. “I try to gain knowledge from the more senior guys. I am looking forward to the coming year to see what 2016 has in store!”
The VGC Group, a major supplier of skilled trades and labour to the EGIP project, is working with training company GP Strategies Training Limited to help previously unemployed people into a new career in rail.
The programme provides a route for unemployed people to join an industry which offers tremendous opportunities for a successful career. It will also help to combat the industry-wide shortage of skilled workers.
“We’re really pleased with how well David, Robert and Chris are doing, and we hope they’ll have a long and positive relationship with VGC,” said Cavan-born Sean Fitzpatrick, VGC Group executive chairman.
“We are looking forward to employing the next group of people on the course. We invite anyone who is motivated and keen to succeed to get in touch with us.”
“GP Strategies Training Ltd is proud to be working closely with VGC Group to provide quality training and employment opportunities to unemployed people within the Glasgow area and surrounds,” said Graham Duffus, GP Strategies Training Ltd regional manager Scotland.
“As with all new initiatives, some early teething problems have been encountered, but working with Sean Dempsey at VGC has been a pleasure. Sean’s commitment and determination to drive the joint programme forward in a positive manner has been very much appreciated.”
About the VGC Group
The VGC Group provides people and delivers projects for the construction and rail industries. Divisions operate in all types of civil engineering environments including roads and bridges, airports, nuclear facilities, utilities, mechanical and electrical services, and heavy and light rail systems.
The company is committed to a safe working environment, efficient delivery, sustainability and ethical business practices.
Every element of the business aims to ‘outperform’: to exceed client expectations and deliver a performance that is significantly better than the competition.