City Building constructs bright future for women

Siobhan Logue at the inaugural Herald Diversity Conference in May last year with City Building making great strides in attracting women into the industry and helping them to progress, SCN catches up with four of its brightest employees who are each taking their opportunities to blaze their own trail in the sector.
Historically, craft trades have been male-dominated but Glasgow construction firm City Building has made strong progress in attracting more women as part of plans to improve diversity across the business.

The company employs 20% of all female craft apprentices in Scotland and 55% of its senior management are women.
Among the success stories is contracts manager Natalie McPherson, 34, who joined City Building over 16 years ago as an apprentice painter and decorator. Natalie, who now manages multiple projects on behalf of client Glasgow City Council, entered the industry after undertaking a six-week City Building ‘taster’ course at school.

Award Winning City Building 2017 Awards

Glasgow Business Awards
Green Champions The Environmental Team – WINNER

Glasgow Guarantee
Fairer Employer – WINNER

Glasgow Guarantee
Apprentice Challenge Jon McGrattan – WINNER

Glasgow Guarantee
Best Apprentice in Construction Phoebe Ali – WINNER

Herald – GenAnalytics Diversity
Recruitment of Talents – WINNER

Herald – GenAnalytics Diversity
Youth Employment – WINNER

HR NATIONAL Network
Best Employer / Workplace – WINNER

HR NATIONAL Network
Corporate Responsibility – WINNER

Johnstone’s Trade
UK Young Decorator of the Year Lisa Murphy – WINNER

Quality Scotland – EFQM
Recognised for Excellence 4 Stars – WINNER

SkillBuild Scotland
Painting and Decorating Senior Aiden Dearie – WINNER

City Building welcomes 60 new apprentices to the family

City Building has welcomed a flurry of new recruits, as more than 60 modern apprentices join the award-winning construction firm.

The diverse group, which includes four women, care leavers and a number of people from surrounding BME communities, were greeted by City Building’s boards of directors following an induction at Queenslie Training Centre on Wednesday 15 November.

City Building creates a buzz with latest green initiative

There has been a hive of activity at City Building as it marks National Honey Week (23-29 October 2017), by adopting three beehives.

The Glasgow-based firm is creating a buzz by teaming up with Scotland’s leading beekeepers, Plan Bee, to build and maintain habitats for the local honeybee population, which is under threat of extinction due to rising pesticide use, pollution and climate change.

City Building won two awards at the Herald Genanalytics National Diversity Awards 2017

The first award for Recruitment of Talents  recognised a business that had an excellent commitment into actively developing an inclusive workforce for the benefit of the business and all employees.

The second award for Youth Employment recognised City Building as having successfully delivering a youth employment programme that has engaged with young people and enables them to join a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Glasgow Business Awards Green Champion

City Building’s Environmental Team were crowned Green Champions of the City at the Glasgow Business Awards on 5th October, 2017.   The award sponsored by Scottish Power recognised the team for driving the development of green initiatives in the workplace, championing innovative practices which promoted and drove forward our environmental performance.

RSBi sports day scores over £2,300 for local charities

RSBi sports day scores over £2,300 for local charities

A sports fun day held by Glasgow manufacturing firm RSBi, where more than half of staff have a disability, raised over £2,300 for local charities.

Over 200 staff took part in the event, with the funds raised donated to Les Hoey MBE Dream Maker Foundation, which arranges once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and the Royston Youth Action group