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Transport Minister meets Rail apprentices helping to deliver £120 million contract

Last week, we hosted a visit from Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Hammond, to the Canal Tunnels project in London.  The scheme, near Kings Cross Station, forms part of our £120 million Key Output 2 (KO2) contract with Thameslink. 

The Minister met with 10 apprentices who have been on site since August and have completed a 16 week block training course gaining technical certification and Health and Safety training.  As part of the Rail apprentice programme, each apprentice has also completed their PTS and Track Induction, through Carillion Rail Training. The apprentices are now gaining hands on practical skills and experience working towards their NVQ portfolio completion.

The Minister toured the site to gain an insight into the challenging work requirements of the project, along with an understanding of how our apprenticeship programme is helping apprentices to develop the necessary skills for such a complex scheme. 

To read more, please click here.

We currently have 43 'technical' apprentices across the business, in disciplines such as rail, civil engineering, heating & ventilation and quantity surveying.  We will support these young people in gaining a qualification and for many it can be the first step on their professional career journey.

Two of our apprentices from the Thameside contract have recently completed a year long placement with the local council as part of a project to assist young people who have grown up in care. Both apprentices have now been employed as heating & ventilation apprentices and will complete a four year apprenticeship, giving them a Level 3 qualification on completion.

Following the success of our apprentice programme, Chief Executive Richard Howson, was interviewed by Sky News about Carillion's apprenticeship training programme and the opportunities it offers young people to gain skills in the industry.

If you know of an opportunity for apprentices in the businesses you work with, please contact Karon van der Heiden on 07815532329.

Contact: karon.heiden@carillionplc.com

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Library of Birmingham scoops two awards at West Midlands Property Awards

The Library of Birmingham (LoB) team is celebrating its latest success after winning two awards at the West Midlands Property Awards.

The project won the Construction Project of the Year category and the Judges' Special Award for Building of the Year.

The judging panel heaped praise on the project commenting: "The panel was won over by Carillion's work on the landmark Birmingham Library, and its ability to deliver such a large, impressive project on time and to budget," and "The Birmingham Library was such a singular development that it deserved, in fact demanded, recognition in its own right."

Congratulations to the team.

Contact: simon.j.dingle@carillionplc.com

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MP visits new Colchester Academy

Colchester MP, Sir Bob Russell, got a first hand progress report on the new Colchester Academy when he visited the site last week.

Sir Bob was given a guided tour of the site which is now in week 62 of a 75 week build with completion of the new 1,200 place school planned for February 2014 and also met Frances Scott, Finance and Operations Director for Colchester Academy.

The project includes the construction of a new split level three and two-storey building and refurbishment of the existing sports centre and then demolition of the old school and landscaping works.

Project Director Mick Shuter said: "We were delighted to welcome Sir Bob to Colchester Academy and show him the building which will provide fantastic new facilities. We also discussed our community engagement work during the project including our vocational activities with students at the Academy, employability training with local people and links with primary schools."

Contact: mick.h.shuter@carillionplc.com

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System safety: A message from Ignacio Llorden, Group Chief Information Officer

Following the recent theft of a company laptop, I would like to re-affirm the responsibility we all have to ensure that the data and information that we work with is held securely and all necessary precautions are taken to prevent the loss of information and the potential consequences of that loss.

Please ensure you follow the guiding principles set out below:

• Always leave your computer/laptop in "locked" mode requiring your password to be re-entered if you have to leave it unattended.

• Information of a sensitive nature which may be client data or Carillion data must remain secure at all times. Carillion's standard encryption software is "BeCrypt" which protects disks from unauthorised access if lost or stolen

• Back ups of sensitive information must be stored on encrypted devices. This includes memory sticks which can be acquired from ICT. Sensitive or personal data is NOT to be copied to unencrypted devices as per the Sensitive Data Policy

• Data of a sensitive nature that needs to be sent to a third party via e-mail must be encrypted and password protected. ICT can assist in the set-up of appropriate folders on a Secure File Transfer Server

• If required ICT can arrange for disposal, data wiping or destruction of any hard disk or external devices.

If you need further guidance on these principles please contact ICTsecurity@carillionplc.com.

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UK Thank You scheme: Introducing 'Black Friday'

If there's one day a year when you shop through the Thank You scheme, it should be 'Black Friday' on 29th November. Retailers across all categories who don't normally offer any discount give us exclusive, market-leading offers for this day only.

We'll be bringing you the best offers you'll find anywhere, all year on everything from consoles, iPads, iPhones and tablets right the way through to beauty and stocking fillers. You'll even be able to share these offers with your friends! Make sure to put Friday 29th November in your diary now! Here's a sneak peak of who will be featuring...

- Apple - 5 WOWPoints per £1 spent on iPhone + EPP Pricing on Macs

- John Lewis - 5 WOWPoints per £1 spend on consoles + iPads

- Virgin Media - Save £319.99 & 13,500 WOWPoints on TiVo

- Hotels.com - 12 WOWPoints per £1 spent

- Philips - 30% off Home & Beauty appliance

- Red Letter Days - 26% off experience days

- BuyAGift - 25% off

- House of Fraser - Up to 40% off + 6 WOWPoints per £1 spent

- I Want One of Those - 15% off stocking fillers

- Selfridges - 20% off fashion

So, if you haven't already, get registered to make the most of these offers.

1) Go to www.carillionthankyou.co.uk
2) Click "register now;
3) Enter your employee number and an email address.

Contact: rewardsharedservice@carillionplc.com

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Reminder of the December pay dates

The December pay date for monthly paid employees will be Friday 20th December 2013.

December payroll timetables and advance payments schedules for all pay frequencies can be found by clicking here.

Please note the pay date changes for weekly and fortnightly paid employees due to public/bank holidays.

The next pay date for monthly paid employees will be Friday 31st January 2013.

Should you have any questions relating to pay dates, please call Peopleline on 0800 783 4269, option one.



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Carillion social media ranked 2nd in review

We have recently been ranked as 2nd in a review of the top 50 Facilities Management companies for our usage of social media.

Top place went to Sodexo, but we came in ahead of Mitie, Kier, ISS, and Serco to name a few. The view the full report, please click here.

Many thanks to everyone who has helped towards this by submitting stories to Round Up, writing blogs for STN, or helped with some of the great initiatives/events that give us a great story to tell to the outside world using social media!

Contact: harry.lovell@carillionplc.com



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Could you be a Business Connector?

Carillion has worked with the Business in the Community (BITC) charity for many years, making links between communities and business. There is now a fantastic opportunity to take that even further.

We are sponsoring three BiTC Business Connectors, for the next three years, to build local partnerships between business and community organisations in local areas of need across the country.  These three Connectors will remain Carillion employees, but will be seconded to, and trained by BITC. 

We're focusing on Wandsworth, Burnley and Wythenshawe, where we believe we can have a significant and positive impact in local communities, working in partnership with local groups and charities to develop education, enterprise and employment.  You could expect to be in the role for at least 18 months.

Across the UK to date, 84 Business Connectors have been seconded from 23 companies to work in 63 disadvantaged areas. Together, the Business Connectors have made 1,700 connections which have driven clear benefits for companies and for the communities they work with.  However, these roles are also offering unique opportunities for personal and professional development, working in areas as diverse as:

  • Helping young people into education training or jobs

  • Supporting local organisations and building up community cohesion

  • Role modelling and business mentoring

  • Engaging local and national businesses to support and invest time, money, skills, knowledge in their local community

If you're looking for a new challenge, and feel passionate about supporting community investment through this exciting opportunity, we'd love to hear from you!  The roles are now live on People Fluent and more information can be requested from david.picton@carillionplc.comphillip.ross@carillionplc.com or robert.holt@carillionplc.com. Any potential applications should be discussed with your line manager also.

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Battersea Power Station Phase 1 project teaches school children road safety

Earlier this month, in response to a request from Considerate Constructors, our people at Battersea Power Station worked with 25 Year 5 children from a local primary school to discuss road safety. 

The children had a talk on the history and future of the power station from Sarah Denham, Communications Director for Battersea Power Station Development Company, followed by a presentation and talk from Tizzy Bowman, Community Liaison Manager, Carillion Construction.  Following this, a poster competition based on the road safety presentation was held. 

At the end of the day the children were all given Carillion bookmarks, pencils and notebooks and Battersea Power Station stickers and a mini high visibility jacket. 

Project Director Keith Bishop will be judging the posters and will visit the school in December to award the prize to the winning student.

Contact: tizzy.j.bowman@carillionplc.com

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Carillion Building hosts Business Action on Homelessness: Ready for Work scheme placement

Earlier this month, Carillion Building hosted a fortnight's work placement for Brian Mills at their Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre site as part of the Business Action on Homelessness: Ready for Work scheme.

The programme, facilitated through Business in the Community (BITC), aims to get unemployed people back into the workplace.

Brian was delighted to be hosted by the site as he was keen to get back into the industry, having had previous construction experience.

The team at Harvey Hadden were impressed by Brian's dedication to his duties, saying: "Brian attended work every day, always on time. He was interested in all tasks given to him, which he also completed on time. We found him to be honest, reliable and a confident person with good communication skills. Brian worked well with all of the staff on-site and was very well liked."

On completion of the Ready for Work programme, Brian was provided with a written reference from Mark Angus, Carillion Project Manager at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre. His CV is also to be registered with Sky Blue, Carillion's recruitment agency.

Contact: Nicola.foster@inspiredspaces.co.uk

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Mayor’s appeal welcomes raffle prize from A465 project

The A465 project has been supporting local charities at the Heads of the Valleys as part of its work in sustainable communities.  The project team recently worked with the Tredegar town Mayor's appeal which was in aid of Valleys Life after Stroke, a group setup and run by volunteers who have suffered strokes themselves.

When we were asked if we could provide a donation or raffle prize to the appeal, we linked with our partners at the Business Resource Centre to arrange a donation of a solid wood bench constructed by the trainees at the centre.

The trainees presented the bench to Tredegar Town Council. 

Contact: Diane.Jones@carillionplc.com

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Oxfordshire County Council sends furniture across the seas!

Our people at Oxfordshire County Council have teamed up with charity BEFSA (Borien Educational Foundation for Southern Africa) to donate a range of surplus office equipment.

Items such as desks and chairs that are no longer required at the Cricket Road Centre and Ormerod Autism Unit have been donated to the charity and have made their way to Africa in a 40ft container.

The charity work in the rural and township areas of the Eastern Cape in South Africa bringing education to local people or anybody who has been excluded, in order to help get them out of poverty and into employment.

The furniture is distributed between schools, set up offices and training centres, but on this occasion it was sent to a total of 24 schools.

Contact: Jessica.Stone@Oxfordshire.gov.uk


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Carillion Qatar celebrates Indian New Year

Recently 40 of our people from Carillion Qatar Highways contract were involved in the Vishwakarma Pooja celebration.

The celebration is part of the Indian New Year where prayers are sent to Vishwakarma, the God of Engineers and Construction workers. Prayers consisted of a safe passage for all throughout the year with no accidents or ill health.

Our people from both the day and night shifts came together for the event and also received nuts and sweets after the prayers.

Contact: carl.chennells@carillion.com.qa

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Our people at MAFA raise £1,500 for Children in Need

Recently, our people at MAFA have raised an impressive £1,500 for Children in Need.

A number of activities were held across the contracts including:-

- Derwent House in Derby, UK came to work in fancy dress and onesies and enjoyed a sumptuous buffet in the office which was transformed into a village fete for the day, with stalls such as apple bobbing; shove a'penny and bottle tombola.

- Six of our people (Martin Thornton, Jon Wells, Dave Diskin, Dave Newcombe and Alan Sheffield from Carillion Rail, plus Paul Thomas from Network Rail) took it in turns to go in the stocks and have wet sponges and buckets of water thrown at them It was a very windy and cold November morning, but their bravery was rewarded in the form of donations.

- Chris Day, Commerical Support shaved his head and had his legs waxed

- Our people at MAFA's Peterborough and York offices both had a cake stall and played official BBC Children in Need games.

Contact: sarah.page@carillionplc.com


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A23 project supports local charity fireworks display

The A23 site has supported local charity Kangaroo's for the second year running at its annual firework display. Kangaroo's is a charity which enriches young disabled peoples lives by providing leisure activities.

The site donated burgers, sausages and buns to the event, which was held earlier this month. John McNiffe, Project Manager for the scheme said: "I am delighted that we were able to support this valuable charity for the second year running and to see our engagement within the community well received."

Contact: sarah.ashworth@carillionplc.com


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Stockley Main Works project shows its support for Movember

Some of our people at the Stockley Main Works project have stepped up to the challenge and have joined thousands of men across the world to support Movember.

Movember is a world wide event held in November that raises vital funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and supports mental health issues. For 30 days 'Mo Bros' will remain unshaven to raise awareness for the cause,

To follow the Stockley Main Works team on their journey, or if you wish to donate, please click here.

Please also share your 'before and after' pictures with Corporate Communications and let us know how much you raised!

Contact: corporatecommunications@carillionplc.com   

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29/11/13 - Entry deadline for Carillion Construction Services Managing Director awards

30/11/13 - UK Reserves insight day with 170 Engineer Group

11/12/13 - IMS Q4 financial results



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