The Poppy Appeal is an annual fundraising event launched by The Royal British Legion, remembering those who have served for our country in the Armed Forces. The money donated to the Royal British Legion provides help and support to those in need within the Armed Forces community.

 

As proud Armed Forces Covenant Gold Members, Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses; RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd, strive to support the Armed Forces at every opportunity with the help of our employees, many of whom are Reservists, Cadet Force Volunteers and Veterans, that play an integral role in their respected companies.

 

The company’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, along with other Armed Forces charities and organisations, saw them become one of the 100 businesses who were awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award in August 2019.

 

Below is a brief summary of our year so far.

 


 

January – May 2019

 

 

RSS Infrastructure ‘Gold’ Sponsor The Force Atlantic Rowing Team

 

RSS Infrastructure Ltd have announced that this year the company is proud to be supporting the British Armed Forces ‘Force Atlantic’ rowing team as a ‘Gold’ sponsor for the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’, otherwise known as the ‘World’s Toughest Row’.

 

As the premier event in the ocean rowing calendar, the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’ brings together teams from all walks of life united by the same objective: to take on the unique challenge of crossing over 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean. Around 30 teams from across the globe will begin their journey in the village of San Sebastian in La Gomera and will finish in Antigua.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

www.rssinfrastructure.com/rss-infrastructure-gold-sponsor-the-force-atlantic-rowing-team/

 


 

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With The Force Atlantic Team Rowers

 

The Force Atlantic team are the first official British Army team to enter the event and they have the daunting task of getting the boat safely to the other side whilst overcoming a series of obstacles including; contending with the mental anguish that the ordeal will bring as a result of the solitary lifestyle whilst on board as well as sleep deprivation, salt sores, and physical extremes inflicted by the race.

 

We attended the Rannoch Adventure Open Day to get an exclusive interview with the team.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

www.rssinfrastructure.com/exclusive-interview-with-the-force-atlantic-team-rowers/

 


 

Force Atlantic ABF Soldiers Charity Fundraising Event

 

Richard Toy, CEO and Kaye Toy, Head of Talent for RSS Infrastructure Ltd, attended the Force Atlantic Fundraising event for Sponsors and Supporters, as they raised essential funds for their campaign and their partnered charity; ABF Soldiers Charity.

 

The night was a huge success, raising over £12,000.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.soldierscharity.org/

 


 

Team Army vs Team Navy Charity Rugby Match

 

The renowned Twickenham Stadium played host to the Team Army vs Team Navy rugby match as Richard Toy, CEO was invited by Lt Col Richard Hall MBE as a guest and Gold Sponsor for the Force Atlantic team.

 

The Force Atlantic team were featured in the official programme for the event, to highlight that the Army and Navy forces both have a team participating in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, and the RSS Infrastructure logo was proudly on display and seen by the 80,000 attendees.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.armynavymatch.org.uk/

 


 

June – July 2019

 

 

Trooping The Colour

 

The West Midland RFCA took a group of our region’s most Armed Forces-friendly and supportive employers to witness the spectacle that is the Trooping of the Colour for the Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards Parade in London. The parade takes place annually and involves over 1,400 parading soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses.  Trooping the Colour is a fantastic display of military drills, precision and horsemanship to celebrate The Queen’s official birthday.

 

Each year at Trooping the Colour, a different regiment’s colours are trooped. This year the colour was trooped by the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Richard Toy, CEO and Kaye Toy, Head of Talent for RSS Infrastructure Ltd were honoured guests representing Auctus Management Group Ltd.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.wmrfca.org/trooping-the-colour-2019/

 


 

Armed Forces Week – Force Atlantic Rowing Challenge And Charity Football Match

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd welcomed the Force Atlantic team members, Captain Chris Hames and Captain Alexander Walsh, to their Birmingham based Headquarters during ‘Armed Forces Week’. The team was invited to host an exclusive Q&A session to all of available staff members, as they showcased a sample of their rigorous training regimes, nutritional requirements before and during the event and personalised timetables on how they were going to approach the daunting task in December 2019.

 

The team also provided their Force Atlantic branded rowing machine, a particular favourite when used at exhibitions and networking events. Most staff members were eager to take on the challenge, the rules were simple; the furthest distance achieved in a 60 second span was crowned the winner, and Jordan May, Trainer for INFRA Skills Ltd achieved the greatest distance of 324m.

 

 

Later that day, members from RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd formed a football team, to compete in a charity football match raising money for The Royal British Legion. Captain Chris Hames and Captain Alexander Walsh were invited as honorary referees, and witnessed Team RSS Infrastructure win the match at the Birmingham Powerleague arena.

 

The night was a huge success, raising over £250.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rssi-vs-infra-skills

 


 

August 2019

 

 

AFC Harrogate Graduation Parade

 

Representatives from Auctus Management Group Ltd were invited to The Army Foundation College Harrogate’s Graduation March that saw nearly 650 students, ranging from 16-17 year olds, graduate from the British Army.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/our-schools-and-colleges/afc-harrogate/

 


 

Auctus Management Group Presented With Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd are honoured to announce they have been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award. From 22nd August 2019, Auctus Management Group Ltd along with 100 employers were recognised by Defence Minister Ben Wallace for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. They will be presented with their award on 12th November 2019 at the National Army Museum in London.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

www.auctusmg.co.uk/auctus-management-group-presented-with-armed-forces-covenant-gold-award/

 


 

September 2019

 

 

Auctus Management Group Participate In Pedal To Paris For A Second Year

 

With the success of last year’s Pedal To Paris fundraising event, which was organised and supported by The Royal British Legion, members of Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses; RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd yet again assembled a small team to take on the intense 460km challenge for the second year in a row.

 

This year’s team consisted of Richard Toy; CEO of Auctus Management Group Ltd and Sean Harrison; Managing Director, Brian Hopkinson; Rail Manager alongside new riders Simon Capper; Fleet Manager and John McDonough; Fleet Co-ordinator for RSS Infrastructure Ltd.

 

 

The team announced this year’s sponsors in August 2019, many of whom are direct clients and suppliers for the companies that make up the team.

 

The team successfully cycled from London to Paris for The Royal British Legion, the four-day event covering 460 km, started in London, where they travelled south to Dover. The riders crossed the English Channel to Calais completing the first 129km stretch of their journey. Over the next 3 days the riders completed a staggering 328.6km, taking them from Calais to Paris, where there was a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe to honour the grave of the unknown French Soldier who died during the Great War.

 

 

Richard Toy, CEO was awarded the coveted Yellow Jersey on the last day of the ride, for raising the highest amount of money of all participating riders for The Royal British Legion.

 

The event was a huge success, with all riders raising over £6,500.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/pedal-to-paris-19

 


 

RSSI Office vs RSSI Track Workers Charity Football Match

 

To coincide with the Pedal To Paris event, the RSS Infrastructure office staff and workforce organised a charity football match, raising money alongside the cyclist for The Royal British Legion.

 

The event was a huge success, raising over £100.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rssi-office-vs-workers

 


 

October 2019 – Onwards

 

 

Fifteen Employers Recieve Coveted Ministry of Defence Award

 

As an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Member, Sue Moore, representative for Auctus Management Group Ltd was in attendance as fifteen employers from the West Midlands region  received their Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Awards from West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (West Midland RFCA) at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30th October.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

www.auctusmg.co.uk/fifteen-employers-receive-coveted-ministry-of-defence-award/

 


 

Force Atlantic Will Take On The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

 

In early December, the Force Atlantic team will take on the 3,000 mile challenge from La Gomera to Antigua, with the RSS Infrastructure logo proudly on display, the event will be documented by numerous television broadcasters and the rowers themselves on social media.

 

For more information, please click the following link:

www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-challenge/

 

 

 

As an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Member, Sue Moore, representative for Auctus Management Group Ltd was in attendance as fifteen employers from the West Midlands region that received their Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Awards from West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (West Midland RFCA) at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30th October.

 

The ERS was launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for the employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.

 

The outstanding winners for 2019 were City of Wolverhampton College, Global Radiodata Communications Ltd, Halfords Limited, Keele University, Kinetic Six Ltd, Kopek Security Ltd, Level Peaks Associates, New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE), Police Credit Union Ltd, Q3 Academies Trust, Spectra Group (UK) Limited, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Tile Cross Academy, Ubi-Tech (3R) Limited and Waymarker Financial.

 

Shelly Feaver, HR Manager (Workforce) and Armed Forces Champion at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, commented about their award:

 

“I am very proud that our organisation has been presented with the Silver Award in recognition of the work that has been done across the Trust in support of the Armed Forces community and civilian employment. We recognise and value the extensive skills, professionalism and dedication that service leavers and reservists bring to all aspects of the NHS and the services it provides. We are now planning to further develop our support and commitment to the Armed Forces community and work towards achieving our Gold Award.”

 

The lunch time event was held at the iconic National Memorial Arboretum, a fitting place for such awards to be presented, and Michael Collie, who you might recognise from BBC Midlands Today, kept the event running smoothly as the Master of Ceremonies.

 

Daniel O’Connor, an Army Veteran and Operational Transition Manager at Kinetic Six spoke at the event about the support he has received from his company, now a Silver ERS Award winner:

 

“The support I have received from Kinetic Six has directly led to me being in a position to join the Invictus UK 2020 team. Not only have they allowed me to attend training camps and the UK trials without me having to use any days Annual Leave Allowance, but they have taken an active position in encouraging me to train at my respective sports. I have full use of the gym at work and the entire team has joined a leader board for rowing (one of my selected sports) to help us all compete with each other to continue improving. Another Injured Veteran member of staff has repeatedly been given the same freedom to attend rehabilitation courses in his ongoing recovery journey. This has resulted in a huge benefit to his standard of living and subsequently his work output has improved.”

 

As well as highlighting the outstanding support of the employers the event also showcased the local Reserves and Cadets. Members of the Royal Naval Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force all had stands and the Sea Cadets were on hand to help the event run smoothly.

 

Rear Admiral Paul Marshall CBE, Assistant Chief Naval Staff Ships Acquisition – Senior Responsible Owner was welcomed as the guest speaker and to present all of the awards.

 

To conclude the event it was seen as fitting, in the lead up to Remembrance Day, to hold an act of remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial, which was led by The Reverend Monsignor Robert Corrigan from 11 Signals and West Midlands Brigade.

 

One of West Midland RFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Directors, Philip Sinclair, voiced his appreciation to this year’s winners:

 

“I am particularly pleased and delighted to be able to welcome the West Midlands based Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award winners for 2019 into the West Midland Silver alumni. As Regional Employer Engagement Directors, we seek to work very closely with our employers, and have made the journey with them, so it is a huge pleasure to see that their commitment and effort has been rewarded with this recognition.

 

Our class of 2019 have been particularly strong, with all displaying a strong commitment to show their support, and demonstrate it by employing members of the Armed Forces community within their workforce. We have the full range of the Armed Forces Community represented amongst those employers that have achieved the Silver Award recognition this year, Reservists, Veterans, including those that have been wounded, injured or become ill as a result of their service, spouses of serving members of the Armed Forces, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, which is fantastic! We now look forward to strengthening our links to them further, by supporting their journey towards gold award recognition. Congratulations, and thank you, your support is much appreciated.”

 

 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Employer Recognition Scheme please contact West Midland RFCA’s Employer Engagement team on: wm-eeao@rfca.mod.uk or 0121 274 2227.

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd (AMG) and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure Ltd (RSSI) and INFRA Skills Ltd have showcased their commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

 

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

 

As a company AMG are aware of the skills shortage and youth unemployment within the UK, and are striving to make a change, acknowledging the importance of developing this area of employment for the success of both their business and the UK as a whole.

 

By joining the 5% Club they have pledged to work towards a minimum of 5% of their workforce enrolled on formalised Apprenticeships, Sponsored Students and/or Graduate Development Schemes, within the next 5 years. Having already met this target with 3 Apprentices and 12 Sponsored Students working within their business, they are already planning on expanding on these figures in the near future.

 

 

Richard Toy, CEO commented on their achievement.

 

“With a skills shortage and aging workforce being extremely predominant within the rail sector, we are determined to lead the way in integrating young talent into our workforce. Having already reached our 5% target, we have plans in place to continue to develop our staff and further increase the number of ‘earn and learn’ opportunities within our business, investing in the future industry leaders.”

 

 

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said.

 

“We’re delighted to welcome Auctus Management Group Ltd into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

 

AMG currently have 8 apprentices as part of their workforce, completing programmes ranging from a Level 2 to a Level 6, including 5 apprentices who are completing their Level 2 ‘Tramway Construction Operative’ on the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA). As well as this, their team includes 1 sponsored student studying a CIPD Level 5 and 11 others completing an ILM Level 3 & Level 5.  AMG now have plans in place to recruit an additional 6 apprentices into RSS Infrastructure, enrolling them onto the Rail Engineering Level 3 programme.

 

By committing themselves to The 5% club, AMG aim to ensure their staff are working within an environment where they are supported and encouraged, all employees are offered support to expand their knowledge and skillset to further themselves and their career.

 

 

To find out more about The 5% club and how to become a member please visit: www.5percentclub.org.uk

 

What Is Your Job Role at Auctus Management Group and What Does It Entail?

 

“I am the EDI Project Delivery Manager for Auctus Management Group and all subsidiary businesses. My role is to train and develop internal staff to further their knowledge and understanding of inclusion in the workplace, as well as developing partnerships with other companies local and nationwide, supporting the bid writing processes, keeping the business up-to-date with any new legislations and representing the business with clients and at corporate and networking events.”

 

 

How Has The Organisation Progressed Since You First Joined?

 

“Since I joined in 2017, the company has grown quite a lot, for a start we relocated to our new Birmingham based Headquarters last year which now boasts a larger premises, better accessibility and space for new opportunities and avenues. One major difference I have noticed is that the workforce has become more diverse and always conscious of going that extra mile, which is fantastic to see.

 

And it is not just contact wins that has helped the company grow, the group and subsidiary businesses have won over 5 prestigious awards for their work on employee progression and safety, awards that include Network Rail’s ‘SME of The Year’, Education Award’s ‘Proactive Educational Provider of an Apprenticeship Programme’ and Rail Business Awards ‘Safety and Security Excellence’. With help of our Disability Confident and Employee Networking for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) accreditations, we as a company have become a more visible and attractive company to work for or to work alongside, which has definitely become a factor with our recent contract and award wins.”

 

 

How Have The Company Supported Your Plans To Embed EDI Throughout The Business?

 

“Equality & Diversity is driven from the top. If your CEO, Director or upper management doesn’t fully embrace the ideals and importance of EDI, then it is very hard to get the necessary changes made within the office or organisation to support that framework. Fortunately, Auctus Management Group and its subsidiary businesses RSS Infrastructure and INFRA Skills are run by very supportive and progressive minded upper management, so usually any ideas the EDI Steering Group suggest are not only welcomed, but supported fully.

 

 

How Does The Company Encourage Equality & Diversity In The Workplace?

 

“As of last year, all employees who start work for the company, whether office based, an apprentice or a contracted worker, will now undertake our new company induction that has included EDI and Mental Health awareness sections.

We introduced this procedure after presenting a half day ‘Equality & Diversity in the Workplace’ seminar/training session that all staff members including the CEO & Directors attended. These sessions were embraced by all with attendees commenting on how it has opened their eyes and possibly changed their views to the potential issues and stigma people can face in the workplace environment.”

 

 

What Do You Think The Benefits Are Of Having A Diverse Workforce?

 

“Statistics have shown that having a diverse workforce creates a more productive and happier environment, by comparing ONS data with the diversity policies of 517 UK workplaces, the statistics found that firms with the most developed diversity policies are 15 percentage points more likely to financially outperform those with less of a diversity focus. Also, the UK’s most diverse workplaces are 12 percentage points more likely to financially outperform their industry average than the least diverse firms.”

 

 

AMG Have Recently Become A ‘Disability Confident Leader’, What Does That Involve?

 

“The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace, and so far over 13,000 organisations have now signed up, so it proves we are all heading in the right direction when it comes to being more inclusive with our attitudes and hiring policies for all people, no matter their age, gender, nationality or in the Disability Confidents’ case; disability.

 

Everyone at the company has worked tirelessly at making sure our policies, processes and procedures are inclusive as can be, and that no person is overlooked or discriminated against. More than ever, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has become increasingly important to businesses as they try to attract and retain talented people to deliver the best services for their customers, being able to achieve and demonstrate a diverse workforce makes great business and ethical sense.”

 

 

How Does AMG Support Staff and Visitors Who Have A Disability or Impairment?

 

“Our Birmingham Headquarters was originally constructed to be a fully accessible building, with clear signage, spacious access and ramps into the entrance and hearing loops installed in key areas, factors like this was high on our list when we were looking for a new building last year.

 

That being said, there is always room for improvement and we will make reasonable adjustments to support our ever-expanding workforce and their potential needs.”

 

 

What Plans Do You Have In Place For The Future, To Develop AMG’s EDI Strategy Further?

 

“We currently have a 3 year plan in place, in short we aim to progress and expand on our current initiatives, launch new schemes with other companies and aim to be at a stage where we can submit and win some more awards.

 

We know that to meet the challenges in an ever-expanding industry, and with an increasing aging workforce, the sector calls for organisations, companies and individuals who strive at bringing new and capable employees. Auctus Management Group is at the heart of this evolvement, with all Group companies determined to ensure that they build new strategies into their daily functions, where all people are treated with respect, treated equally and all have access to the same opportunities.”

 

What were you doing before you started the training with INFRA Skills Ltd and BMET?

 

“I was working as a Graphics Installer for a printing company, completing installations for exhibitions and events all across the UK. The company was put under new ownership, consequently meaning that the management of the workforce changed. I soon decided that this line of work was no longer for me, and started to search for a new career.

 

I signed on with Handsworth Job Centre, where they told me about the construction and rail training that was available through a partnership between BMet and INFRA Skills. I had previously been interested in working within the rail industry, but at the time I didn’t feel ready to change career paths, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get my foot in the door. I attended a group information session with BMET representatives including Tony Holder, and INFRA Skills’ Business Development Manager Rachel Green. The training programme was explained to us in detail including; what the programme included, what was expected from us and what the intended outcomes were.

 

This session was also attended by representatives of the HM Treasury – the Governments economic and finance ministry. The HMT representatives were made up of; Beth Russel, Katharine Braddick and Phil Duffy, who came to network with other visitors and supporters of the West Midlands Combined Authority. They gave us a short introduction about who they were, and spoke us about their aim to support job seekers and help local people develop additional skills.”

 

 

How did you find the training programme?

 

“We started off the training at Erdington Skills Centre where we completed our Health and Safety Level 1 and our CSCS qualification. Tony was on-hand to assist us with any queries we had throughout this section of the training. He was extremely helpful, and it was clear that he wanted to make sure that we were getting the most out the training being provided.

 

Once we had completed the 3 weeks with BMET we moved onto the rail training with INFRA Skills, which took place at their office in Aston, as well as some on-site training at locations within the West Midlands. During my time with INFRA Skills’ we gained a lot of valuable qualifications including; PTS, Small Tools, OLEC1, First Aid at Work amongst many others. Jordan May conducted our training, and he made it both interesting and enjoyable. He was really down to earth, and went out of his way to help us throughout the training, as well as the revision that was involved.

 

I was part of a great group of people who were also taking part in the training programme, this along with the fantastic tutoring, made us all get thoroughly involved and take as much knowledge and experience from the opportunity as we could.”

 

 

What are you doing now?

 

“During the group information session, we were told we would have the opportunity to take part in a number of interviews after we had completed the training. Before I had even finished the programme, I was offered shifts with their sister company RSS Infrastructure Ltd (RSSI), which involved working in Wales on a relay shift. RSSI were extremely impressed with my work ethic and commitment to the job, and offered me more work within a gang.

 

The practical part of the training programme gave me a real insight into what working on the railway would be like, and I think this is one of the reasons I was so successful when I completed my first shifts with RSSI.

 

I have now been working with RSSI for a couple of months, and within the first 3 weeks I had already progressed from a ‘blue hat’ to a ‘white hat’. I have gained an abundance of experience, that has developed my understanding of the railway even further, and since completing the training programme I have been working on a variety of shifts across the UK.”

 

 

What are your plans for the future?

 

“RSSI have already supported me with gaining my Lookout Initial competency, and I am hoping I can continue to expand the breadth of my rail qualifications including my COSS, OLEC2 and eventually work towards gaining some Crane Controller tickets.

 

I am going to continue to work to the best of my ability, knowing that RSSI will support me to progress my career. I am so grateful for the opportunity given to me though the funded training programme, and think that it’s a fantastic platform for those seeking employment to gain stable employment.”

 

What is Enable, and what is your role there?

“Enable is a ‘Supported Employment Service’ aiding people with learning disabilities to find paid employment. I am a Business Development Officer (BDO) for Enable and it is my role to source potential employment for our candidates. We supply a job coach for those seeking employment, acting as a point of contact during the interview process, as well as being able to provide advice and support throughout their new job role.”

 

 

How were you introduced to Auctus Management Group Ltd (AMG)?  

“We had an initial meeting set up with Rose Rees, Head of Engagement and Skills, who discussed cleaning positions that were currently available at the Bilston Road Site for the Midland Metro Alliance. The process was extremely quick, and the interviews resulted in 2 Enable candidates being posted at the Bilston Road Depot.”

 

 

How have you found the service?

“We have found the service amazing; they have been able to facilitate everything we required and dealt with our needs quickly, efficiently and professionally. I can’t praise them enough for how they have supported us, to get our clients into the workplace.”

 

 

What have the outcomes been for the workers?

“We initially started with 2 cleaners, and it soon became apparent that to facilitate the volume of traffic coming through the site, we needed more hours. Following this, another 2 cleaning staff from Enable, were recruited for afternoon shifts, and a further 2 were selected for the weekend positions. We have now got 6 staff working on the site 7 days a week, and it’s running very smoothly.”

 


 

 

Established in 1994 as a specialist mental health employment service, Enable has since expanded to include employment services for all disability groups. Our highly experienced Employment Officers support and advise people with disabilities or mental health needs to find work suited to their interests and skills. This allows us to assist people in their efforts to achieve sustainable employment in mainstream competitive jobs.

 

To find out more, please visit their website: https://www.enableservices.co.uk/

 

What were you doing before joining RSS Infrastructure?

“I was working in construction, when I saw people working in the rail industry from afar. I quickly became interested in this route of employment, but was unsure of how to delve into this line of work. Luckily, I had a contact who had gone through training with INFRA Skills, and they pointed me in the right direction.”

 

What have you achieved since joining RSS Infrastructure?

“Since working with RSS Infrastructure I have never looked back, having partaken in various training courses to expand my qualifications and skills. Although I did my apprenticeship externally, I repeated my Personal Track Safety (PTS) competency with INFRA Skills. Since then I have taken part in numerous courses to advance my skills even further including; lookout, Points Operator (PO), Level Crossing Attendant (LXA), Safe Work Leader 1 (SWL1) and my Controller of Site Safety (COSS) competency.”

 

How have RSS Infrastructure supported you?

“I have been diagnosed with dyslexia and also Asperger’s, this didn’t faze the training staff who were more than willing to assist me with any extra help or support. This meant assistance with reading, as well as general support and advice from the staff, even after I had completed training.
I really enjoy working in the industry because of the versatility of the people you come across, no two people being the same. I would love to see more women working in the rail industry and it’s great to see RSSI trying to achieve this.

 

My dedication and work ethic have aided me to progress within the industry, being approached by the RSSI Track Warning System (TWS) department, the UK’s sole provider of Track Warning Systems to join their team. This was a fantastic opportunity I couldn’t pass up on and having now completed my training, I am really looking forward to continue down this new career path.”

 

What are you plans for the future?

“I am currently qualified as a COSS, Machine Controller Slinger and a Crane Controller and now I am planning to complete my training to become an Engineering Supervisor. To do so, I hope to gain the best understanding possible of the areas I would be overseeing in this role, and plan to undertake more training, gaining valuable knowledge which will help me in the future.

 

Since completing my training with TWS I have been working on various shifts, building up my knowledge in this area. Since joining them I have really enjoyed the new challenge, and I am planning to upskill myself even further so I can continue to progress within this department.”

 

The Disability Confident initiative is a Government scheme created by Department for Work & Pensions that supports employers around the UK, making the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd are proud to announce they have been awarded the Level 3: ‘Disability Confident Leader’ status, the highest and most prestigious level a Disability Confident member can achieve. Through the companies’ tireless efforts since becoming a ‘Disability Confident Committed’ organisation in 2015, they quickly gained recognition and praise in the infrastructure sector for their bespoke Disability Confident training, which is a mandatory seminar offered to all new employees, Apprentices and contract workers during their induction process.

 

Throughout the years, the company has strived to support and work closely with local organisations to offer work experience positions within the organisation. Due to the safety critical nature of the infrastructure sector, people with disabilities are often deterred from applying for new opportunities, or do not receive the appropriate feedback and guidance from companies. Auctus Management Group however are extremely vocal when advertising said opportunities, and make it clear when roles are not site based, and how people with disabilities will be given appropriate company support if they are successful.

 

Auctus Management Group had undertaken the self-assessment process and was recognised as a Disability Confident employer in 2015. The company already benefited from being able to draw from the widest possible pool of talent, and had secured, retained and developed disabled staff who are skilled, loyal and hard-working. By stepping up to being a Disability Confident Leader, their business gains recognition from; disabled staff in the company, disabled people outside their company, other businesses, their customers and the wider community.

 

 

Dave Massingham, EDI Project Delivery Manager was delighted with the accreditation and commented:

 

“We are proud to become a Disability Confident Leader, everyone at the company has worked tirelessly at making sure our policies, processes and procedures are inclusive as can be, and that no person is overlooked or discriminated against. More than ever, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has become increasingly important to businesses as they try to attract and retain talented people to deliver the best services for their customers, being able to achieve and demonstrate a diverse workforce makes great business and ethical sense.”

 

To meet the challenges in an ever-expanding industry, and with an increasing aging workforce, the sector calls for organisations, companies and individuals who strive at bringing new and capable employees. Auctus Management Group is at the heart of this evolvement, with all Group companies determined to ensure that they build new strategies into their daily functions, where all people are treated with respect, treated equally and all have access to the same opportunities.

 

 

For more information on Disability Confident, or how your business or organisation can become a member, visit their website on: https://www.disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/

Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses; RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd are less than one week away from taking on the intense Pedal To Paris cycling charity event, a 460km challenge for the second year in a row. This year’s team consists of Richard Toy; CEO of Auctus Management Group Ltd and Sean Harrison; Managing Director, Brian Hopkinson; Rail Manager, Simon Capper; Fleet Manager and John McDonough; Fleet Co-ordinator for RSS Infrastructure Ltd.

 

The team received the official team cycling jersey last week courtesy of Scimitar Sports, the UK specialists when it comes to manufacturing custom sportswear, bespoke clothing, sublimation t-shirts & bespoke promotional items.

 


Arm Sponsor

 

Force Atlantic – The first all Army rowing team to take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile rowing challenge across the Atlantic, in December.

For more information, please click: www.forceatlantic.com

 

 

Advance – They are trusted experts in the provision of ethical employment, accountancy and subcontracting solutions to the UK’s contractors and the recruitment businesses that find them work.

For more information, please click: www.advance.online

 


Back Sponsor

 

Schweizer Electronic – Schweizer Electronics’ innovative solutions secure Construction Sites and Level Crossings in Europe and overseas. The certified Radio Remote Controls facilitate the railway personnel to work.

www.schweizer-electronic.com

 

Thermit Welding GB – Thermit are a strategic supplier to the nations railway systems, and continue to develop products and welding methods to meet the demand for continual improvement, with investment in new production methods, research and development, on-site training, technical support and specialised contract services.

www.thermit-welding.com

 

Zaun – Zaun are expert metal fencing manufacturers and design, manufacture and product engineer leading perimeter systems. They offer an extensive range of perimeter fencing, high security fencing, sports equipment, automatic electric gates, security bollards and hostile vehicle mitigation products (HVM).

www.zaun.co.uk

 

Zöllner – Zöllner pursue the ambition of making the traffic on waterways, as well as the traffic and the work on train tracks safer.

www.zoellner.de

 

Haslehursts – Haslehursts was established in 1980 and today has a team of 15 partners and staff. They continue to build on our enviable reputation for providing first class service and excellent advice to our business and personal clients alike.

www.haslehursts.co.uk

 

Reflex Vehicle Hire – Reflex are the UK’s first flexible commercial fleet supplier with tracking and instant incident dash cams combined in every vehicle.

www.reflexvehiclehire.com

 

Lord Search & Selection – Lord Search & Selection place the interests of their clients first, a passionate commitment to their success, ethical in their actions, and meticulous in their methods. Driving competitive advantage through talent acquisition is what they do.

www.lord.co.uk

 

Bodyguard Workwear – Bodyguard Workwear Ltd was established in 1975, using its expertise in garment design and manufacture as a foundation it has established itself as one of the forefront manufacturers and distributors of PPE and safety workwear in the United Kingdom.

www.bodyguardworkwear.co.uk

 

Laytons LLP – Laytons LLP provide legal services of true quality that depend on expertise that fully appreciates the issues, imagination that fully recognises the possibilities, judgment that provides guidance, and the resources and commitment to deliver results.

www.laytons.com

 

Frontier Development Capital – FDC specialise in growth capital to management buy-outs, acquisitions to property developments, whatever your strategy they can provide access to flexible investments of up to £10million.

www.frontierdevelopmentcapital.com

 

Jobson James Rail Broker – Jobson James provide Corporate insurance, risk management advice and solutions to clients in a wide range of sectors.

www.jobson-james.co.uk

 

Aston University Engineering Academy – AUEA teach students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

www.auea.co.uk

 

The Staffing Group – The Staffing Group delivers recruitment solutions ranging from Industrial and Transport to Professional and Technical. Twenty-five years in the recruitment sector has enabled us to develop different delivery models tailored to the volume, skill set and compliance demands of your business.

www.thestaffinggroup.co.uk

 

Care Leavers Covenant – The Covenant is a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently.

www.mycovenant.org.uk

 

First Chapter – First Chapter was established to work with successful busy individuals in order to help them determine their lifetime goals and then create a framework around these that gives them the best opportunity of achieving their objectives.

www.first-chapter.co.uk

 

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd are honoured to announce they have been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award. From 22nd August 2019, Auctus Management Group Ltd along with 100 employers were recognised by Defence Minister Ben Wallace for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. They will be presented with their awards on 12th November 2019 at the National Army Museum in London.

The company completed a stringent submission process that supplied evidence of how they support and work alongside the Armed Forces, Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses employ numerous Reservists, Cadet Force Volunteers and Veterans that play an integral role in their respected companies. As avid supporters of The Royal British Legion charity, a small team of 5 employees, featuring 2 veterans, are participating in this year’s Pedal To Paris event, a 460km cycling challenge from London to Paris that spans over 4 days in September. The company will take on the challenge for a second year and look to raise more than £10,000 in sponsorship, beating the previous year’s £9,000 achievement.

At the start of the year RSS Infrastructure Ltd became an official Gold Sponsor of the Force Atlantic rowing team, who will face the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, otherwise known as the ‘world’s toughest row’. The Force Atlantic team are the first official British Army team to enter the event and with the help of RSS Infrastructure Ltd, they have secured essential funding for equipment and utilities before and during the race, as well as the opportunity to acquire more sponsorship through their clients and suppliers.

INFRA Skills Ltd also attends a variety of Armed Forces Covenant Briefings, Open Days, Reservist and Army Recruitment events. These events have seen ex-military personnel begin the ‘Journey Into Rail’ programme which provides them with the fundamental skills and qualifications needed to begin their career. By taking part in the Covenant Seminars, the company has facilitated a partnership between Major Gary Middleton, Major Samantha Brettell and Lt Col Paul Walkley and HS2 contractors to build links for careers into reserves.

 


 

To ensure that Reservists are fully integrated into the organisational culture and acknowledged for their military work, the company supports Reserves and Remembrance Day and allows staff to wear their military uniform to work and hosts an activity day in partnership with Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) cadets. Employees and cadets to take part in a series of challenges designed to test both their strength and mental agility. As part of Remembrance Day, company representatives support the AUEA cadets in their service.

 

The MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. The scheme continues to grow year on year with awardees doubling in the last 12 months taking the total to 228.

 

Newly awarded Gold employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists. Included are 23 Local Authorities, 13 NHS Hospitals and Trusts and 29 SMEs.

 

The 100 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.

 

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one. Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”

 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: “Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support. We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”

 

For a full list of Employer Recognition Scheme Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners: www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme