Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people across Birmingham and the West Midlands, as well as support for the families.

 

This support is offered from Acorns three hospices, based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community. Acorns hospices provide a home-from-home environment where children take part in a range of fun and therapeutic activities, from arts and crafts sessions to hydrotherapy. Children visit Acorns for respite, short breaks, end of life and emergency care.

 

In the past year, Acorns has cared for more than 780 children and supported more than 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved.

 

The charity’s Walsall-based hospice, Acorns in the Black Country, is currently at the centre of an urgent £2million fundraising appeal to help safeguard its longer-term future. The Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal was launched by Acorns in July as the proposed closure of the hospice was put on hold following pledges of additional NHS support.

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd, and subsidiary companies RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd, have a long term history of supporting Acorns with their fantastic work, and at the start of 2019, the Directors pledged to create a weekly ‘Dress Down Day’, which all employees in the Birmingham Headquarters would donate money in an ongoing contribution pot for Acorns.

 

On Friday 13th December 2019, Richard Toy, CEO, Judy Owen, Director of People and Sean Harrison, Managing Director presented Acorns Area Fundraising Officer Isabel Goodwin with a cheque for £808.87 to help them continue their fantastic work in the Birmingham community.

 

To find out how you can support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

 

Two more Birmingham city centre tram stops have today been opened to passengers offering direct services to Christmas markets, attractions and shows.

 

West Midlands Metro trams are from today picking up and dropping off passengers at the new Town Hall and Library stops following successful testing.

 

A six minute peak time service will now deliver passengers to the Library of Birmingham, Symphony Hall, ICC, Birmingham Rep, the Council House and Town Hall and offices in and around Centenary Square and Victoria Square.

 

They can also use the tram to visit the German Christmas Market, big wheel and ice rink in the city centre.

 

It is the first time in the UK that trams have used battery power to run along a modern line specifically built without overhead wires, preventing the need to attach cables to historic listed buildings such as Birmingham Town Hall and also reducing the line’s carbon footprint.

 

Laura Shoaf, managing director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which commissioned the extension, said: “This tram extension is open in time for Christmas, but will serve the West Midlands for years to come. We said it would be open by the end of 2019, and here it is ready to go with three weeks to spare.

 

“We are offering people a convenient, fast and reliable service direct to some of Birmingham’s premier visitor attractions as well as the key office developments springing up around Centenary Square. Our network is expanding rapidly with further extensions in development, and combined with our investment in rail, bus, roads and cycling, is transforming transport in the West Midlands.”

 

Work on the first section of the Westside extension began in June 2017 and construction was carried out by the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), a consortium set up by TfWM, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to build a series of tram extensions across the region.

 

TfWM is already working with the MMA on the next section which will see passenger services running along Broad Street to Edgbaston in 2021, stopping at Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Edgbaston Village.

 

Preliminary works on an extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, serving Dudley, are due to begin next year, whilst final activities are set to take place next year on the Wolverhampton city centre extension serving both the bus and railway station.

 

Alejandro Moreno, director of the Midland Metro Alliance, said:

 

“It is incredibly exciting to witness trams in operation on the route we have been busy building since summer 2017. There have been more than 300 men and women working across the alliance’s projects in the West Midlands since we were formed and I’d like to recognise each and every one for their hard work and at the same time we would like to thank those who have been impacted by our construction for their patience and understanding.”

 

Phil Edwards, assistant director for transport and connectivity at Birmingham City Council, said:

 

“This Metro extension will increase the city’s public transport offering, helping to better connect people to other areas of the region and making it easier for those living, working and travelling in the area to get around. The launch of services to these two new stops is an important milestone in this scheme, enabling people to travel by tram to the Library of Birmingham and other destinations in the Centenary Square area.”

 

 

For more information on the WMCA or the project:

https://www.wmca.org.uk/

 

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

 

The theme for 2019 is ‘Youth Standing up for Human Rights’, highlighting the leadership role of the youth, as they are the inspiration for a better future. The company wants to encourage not only the youth, but everyone across the world to stand up for their rights against; racism, hate speech, bullying and discrimination.

 

An individual’s ‘human rights’ are based on important principles such as; fairness, dignity, respect and equality. It’s crucial that businesses and individuals recognise a person’s; right to live, right to health, education, freedom of speech, thoughts and equal rights, not only for today, but every day.

 

On Tuesday the 10th of December, Auctus Management Group Ltd (AMG) and its subsidiary businesses; RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd showed their support for ‘International Human Rights Day’ by sharing educational material, as well as offering advice and guidance to any staff member looking for personal and professional support. It is crucial for all employers to take human rights within the workplace extremely seriously, and AMG want to ensure that their employees, and subsidiary company’s employees and workforce, feel their professional environment is a fair and safe space.

 

As ENEI TIDE Silver Award holders, which covers all aspects of equality and inclusion within the workplace, AMG ensure that all their staff are treated with respect, treated equally and all have the same access to opportunities.

 

 

 

 

For more information on ‘Human Rights Day’ please visit:
https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

 

#HumanRightsDay #StandUp4HumanRights

 

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPWD) was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

 

Building on many decades of the UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

 

On Tuesday 3rd December 2019, Auctus Management Group Ltd, and its subsidiary business RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd, showed their support to IDPWD 2019 in their Birmingham based Headquarters, with all staff members and guests received a Purple Ribbon at the beginning of the day. Dave Massingham, EDI Consultant for Auctus Management Group Ltd, also shared Disability related facts, figures and educational material to all participating members, as well as offering advice and guidance to any staff member looking for personal and professional support.

 

As a Disability Confident Leader and ENEI TIDE Silver Award holder, they aim to be at the forefront of bringing new and capable workers into the rail and civils sectors, and 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.

 

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 IDPWD, visit the United Nations website on:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities

 

14,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces every year, many of whom are not aware of the opportunities available within the Rail and Construction industries. 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. As a result, and building on their commitment to the Armed Forces Gold Covenant Award, Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd are delighted to announce they are now proud Alliance members of BuildForce.

 

BuildForce is a collaborative, industry-led programme that aims to inspire, engage and enable Service Leavers and Veterans to transition to sustainable employment in the built environment, and to reduce the skills gap in construction, by connecting the military community to industry employers. This is achieved through the UK-wide BuildForce Alliance, which consists of employers, industry bodies, Armed Forces charities, and is part-funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and is working in partnership with The Royal Foundation.

 

To support individuals looking for careers in the built environment, BuildForce has created a nationwide network of Mentors, drawn from the BuildForce Alliance, who have the experience and passion to help those in the Armed Forces move into the built environment. As new Members of the BuildForce Alliance, Auctus Management Group Ltd will provide people who take on one or more of the following roles to the BuildForce programme: Ambassadors, Champions and Mentors. Ambassadors and Champions promote and support BuildForce and its objectives, while Mentors provide 1-2-1 career advice and guidance to Service Leavers and Veterans.

 

Richard Toy, CEO, recent attendee of the Employee Recognition Scheme Gold Awards event, and a strong advocate for supporting the Armed Forces, commented with:

 

“We are delighted to be aligned with such a fantastic programme, as recent Armed Forces Covenant Gold members, we continually strive to recruit and support more ex-forces personnel, as they look to transition from an Armed Forces career, to a civilian career. As the skills gap grows, and large infrastructure projects like HS2, Commonwealth Games and the Midland Metro expansion will dominate long term support and focus, it is imperative that we train and utilise the highly skilled personnel leaving the Armed Forces”.

 

Richard Toy, CEO and John McDonough, Fleet & TWS Co-ordinator for RSS Infrastructure Ltd, attended the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Awards on Tuesday 12th November 2019 at the National Army Museum, London.

 

Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd, were honoured to be officially awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award alongside other UK employers. All attendees were recognised by General Chief of Staff General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Gen for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.

 

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, participated in this year’s ‘Pedal To Paris’ event, a 460km cycling challenge from London to Paris that spanned over 4 days in September, since 2018 the company has raised around £20,000 for The Royal British Legion through numerous charity events.

 

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, as well as hosting activity days 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.

 

 

Commenting on the night, Richard Toy, CEO said:

 

“I speak for the entire company when I say we are honoured to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award. Through our continued work and commitment to helping members of the Armed Forces join the ever-expanding rail industry, we will continue to support ex-forces personnel that want a career within one of our organisations.”

 

John McDonough, Fleet & TWS Co-ordinator and a British Army veteran also added:

 

“Since joining RSS Infrastructure earlier on in the year, I have been offered numerous support avenues and opportunities due to my military background. Alongside Richard, I was one of the 5 cyclists in Auctus Management Group’s ‘Pedal To Paris’ team that rode from London to France over a 4 day period, so being a part of such a prestigious event, whilst raising money for The Royal British Legion, was a very proud moment in my civilian career.” 

 


 

The Employer Recognition Scheme published a promotional video of the night, which can be seen below.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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.”