Glasgow 2014 opens up opportunities through Supported Business Contracts

Glasgow 2014 today (Monday 28 April) announced around £1 million worth of Supported Business Contracts for the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow 2014 has awarded five Games-related contracts to four Scottish-supported businesses.

Employing around 1,000 people and with a turnover of more than £32 million per annum, Scotland’s Supported Business Sector provides employment to people with disabilities and a potential pathway into the open labour market.

Today’s announcement is further evidence of the business legacy that is being secured by Scotland’s hosting the Games and the lasting physical, social and economic benefits to the people of Scotland.

City Building’s education works

Leading Scottish construction company, City Building, has carried out £40 million of refurbishment and rebuilding projects across 106 Glasgow schools, enabling the company to create more jobs and apprenticeships as well as boost the local economy.

The multi-million pound works undertaken by the construction firm on behalf of Glasgow City Council include £20 million expenditure through its supply chain using local Glasgow contractors who pay the Glasgow Living Wage and employ apprentices.

As a result of this work City Building has been able to employ 140 time-out apprentices from trades including electrical, joinery, plumbing and painting and decorating, run post-apprentice training for 49 newly qualified tradespeople in order to build their skills and confidence and promote 17 of its employees from craft roles to management positions.

City Building wins S1 Jobs Award

City Building won the S1 Jobs Apprentice Award at a ceremony on 17th April, 2014. The judges said City Building had an excellent record of support and commitment in developing our workforce through our apprenticeship programme and commitment to building a sustainable future.

Well done to all involved.

Long Service Awards

Staff with 8,336 years collective service are honoured at City Building’s inaugural long service awards

When Jim McLaughlin started work as a ‘runner’ at Glasgow City Council in 1967 The Beatles were in the album charts with Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club and Harold Wilson was Prime Minister.

That was 47 years ago. Jim from Royston in Glasgow is being honoured by City Building as the company’s longest serving employee. Jim was joined on the day by 250 of his colleagues including painter Robert Fisher from Easterhouse who has not had a single sick day throughout his 45 years’ working for the company.

This marks the first long service awards held by the leading Scottish construction company to recognise 250 of its employees with over 35 years’ service. The awards, which took place at the City Chambers in Glasgow, were an opportunity to recognise the company’s dedicated staff, some of whom have spent their entire careers contributing to its stellar reputation for quality and customer service.

Military veterans helped back to work thanks to new RSBi windows factory

28Veterans of conflicts such as the Iraq war and Bosnia are being helped back into sustainable employment through a new state of the art window factory in Glasgow.

Four long-term unemployed veterans were just some of the workers who met with Glasgow City Council Leader, Councillor Gordon Matheson, at the opening of the factory operated by Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) this week.

It is expected that the new facility will create around 30 permanent jobs in the area across manufacturing, surveying and installation.

The factory, located at City Building’s Queenslie Training Complex, has been made possible thanks to Glasgow City Council’s investment in new PVCu windows in schools across the city.

High praise for City Building’s humanitarian work in Malawi

A Glasgow MSP has heaped praise on City Building’s recent charity work refurbishing a medical centre in Malawi.

The leading Scottish construction company were singled out by Cathcart SNP MSP, James Dornan, following a recent trip by a team of six tradespeople and two Commonwealth apprentices from City Building (Glasgow) LLP, working with Glasgow City Council and Access LLP, who travelled to Malawi last month to carry out the critical improvements to the centre.

City Building tradeswomen pound the pavements raising money for charity

A number of tradeswomen and apprentices from leading Scottish construction company City Building (Glasgow) LLP, will hit the streets in a Glasgow fun run this weekend to raise money for good causes.

Around 30 women from the company will take part in the Bellahouston Park 5K Fun Run on Saturday 27 July to raise funds for charity that will be divided between Cancer Research, Kidney Research and Scottish Autism. Scottish Autism holds particular significance to one of the team’s electrician Jackie Drake, whose young son has autism.

City Building apprentices teach business delegates a few tricks of the trade at “Ask the Apprentice” event

Leading Scottish construction company City Building (Glasgow) LLP, played host to some of Scotland’s leading business representatives as part of a “”Behind the Scenes: Ask the Apprentice”” event where they could see first-hand the value of the company’s modern apprenticeship scheme.

The event took place at the company’s Queenslie training centre on Tuesday 21 May to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week. It was attended by members of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) which consisted of global players, SMEs, colleges & universities, government agencies, local authorities, trade unions, charities and the third sector.

City Building team pack-up £20,000 of donated materials for their trip to Malawi

A team of Glasgow-based construction workers are gearing up for their visit to Malawi by packing-up the supplies and materials donated to their project by companies across the UK.

The team of six tradespeople and two Commonwealth apprentices from leading Scottish construction company City Building (Glasgow) LLP, working with Glasgow City Council and Access LLP, will travel to Malawi in September to refurbish a medical centre in the country’s capital Lilongwe.

The £20,000 worth of materials, will be shipped this month ahead of their arrival. Donor firms include Gap, Grahams, Headlam and PPG who pledged power tools, plumbing materials, white goods, decorating materials, joiner materials and ironmongery to help with continuing construction improvements in the country.