Why RSBi’s ASL vocational learning programme is top of the class

City Building is one of Scotland’s largest construction firms, with over 2,200 staff. The Glasgow business is underpinned by a unique social ethos which includes providing sustainable employment for a diverse range of people including those with disabilities and other under-represented groups.

As part of its socially inclusive approach the organisation has established a comprehensive youth employment policy, which includes a dedicated additional support for learning (ASL) schools programme.

Community café has growth on the menu with support from City Building

City Building has boosted a Glasgow community café’s plans to expand after donating much needed catering equipment.

The Glasgow-based construction company provided growing social enterprise Milk Café, which is based in the Govanhill area of the city, with an integrated coffee machine and fridge. Both items had previously been on display in the firm’s Darnick Street headquarters. A brand new microwave was also gifted to the café from City Building supplier Thain Commercial.

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 celebrates golden year with multiple award wins

Glasgow-based City Building is ending the year on a high following a flurry of award wins recognising the construction firm’s unique approach to corporate responsibility and diversity.

The company gained a total of seven accolades throughout 2017, including Diversity Star Performer and Recruitment of Talents and Youth at The Herald’s Diversity Awards, HR NETWORK’s Corporate Responsibility of the Year and Best Employer of the Year, and Glasgow’s Fairest Employer by the Glasgow Guarantee.

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.