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A McGinley Support Services volunteer group joined Amey Colas and Network Rail by spending a day this month helping Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust at Lower Woods nature reserve, coppicing, clearing ditches and scrub to improve the habitat for wildlife. 

We all really enjoyed ourselves, we’ll do it again” Andy Selwyn (far left), Director, McGinley Support Services

Mud up to my knees, soaking wet and 1000 thorns in my hands – yes I’ll do it again

Good team building, improved my environmental awareness
(Network Rail)

Warm, dry and cosy” (mini digger operator)

Coppicing is a traditional method of managing woodlands to produce long, straight poles fora wide range of uses including fencing, weaving, yurt-making and bean poles.  Coppicing also allows light to reach the woodland floor encouraging the growth of plants important to many invertebrates.

This ancient woodland and SSSI is rich in flora including carpets of bluebells in spring.  In summer old meadow species including ragged-robin and butterflies like silver washed fritillary.  Of particular note is the population of elusive nightingales heard singing in Spring.

Further information can be obtained from Gemma Palmer- Greenwood on 0845 543 5953.

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The OHL, Electrification and S&T markets are growing. Major rail projects worth billions are in the pipeline over the coming years and will form a significant slice of the growth expected in the rail sector within the next decade.

Skill shortages in this specialist area will be very much on the agenda and there will be tough competition for resources. Our customers are asking us today – what are we doing to plan for this?

Our Answer – moving forward, McGinley will be expanding its internal capability, opening up the contingent labour recruitment and supply in OHL, electrification and S&T to all our national delivery units. That means 10 more regional locations and numerous more staff to support customers. It’s our longer term strategy to meet the needs of the growing market in the future

To read more click here

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12th January 2012

McGinley Support Services Limited has been congratulated by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, today as one of the leading companies in opening their doors to young people from all walks of life.

McGinley Support Services Limited is named as one of the signatories to the Business Compact, the Deputy Prime Minister’s flagship scheme to create fairer opportunities to getting the best jobs.

Managing Director, Dermot McGinley, said:

“McGinley sees the benefits of the Social Mobility Compact as being key in is strategy of creating and providing employment opportunities across the social spectrum.

The Company has a long held reputation for developing innovative ways of bringing skills and knowledge to people who might previously have encountered significant barriers to acquiring the necessary tools for work.

My colleagues and I look forward to working closely with other stakeholders of this strategy and achieving the Deputy Prime Ministers goals and aspirations.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:

“This is an important step towards a society where it’s what you know, not who you know, that counts. Working with the Coalition, the biggest hitters in Britain’s business world are helping lead the way to a fairer, more open society.

“By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift at the heart of British business, driven by the belief that ability and drive should trump connections and privilege.

“I’d like to thank McGinley Support Services Limited for signing up to the Business Compact. Today’s success makes me even more ambitious. This great news is just the beginning – I will be doing everything I can to bring even more businesses on board.”

More than one hundred of Britain’s biggest companies and top professional groups have signed the Business Compact, committing them to making entry into their professions fairer.

The Business Compact forms a key part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Social Mobility Strategy, launched in April 2011, which sets out the Government’s determination to ensure every individual is free to achieve, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Businesses which sign up to it must agree to:

  • support communities and schools through reading and mentoring schemes or encouraging their staff go out to schools and inspire pupils about their careers.
  • open opportunities to all young people by advertising their work experience places through schools, online and in other public forums, rather than just giving places to their mates.
  • make access to internships open and transparent, paying interns the National Minimum Wage where they are legally entitled to it and providing financial support to ensure fair access, such as providing expenses and/or accommodation to those from less advantaged backgrounds to ensure they are not prevented from accessing opportunities by their financial circumstances
  • recruit fairly and without discrimination, ensuring that their recruitment processes don’t allow candidates to be inadvertently screened out because they went to the wrong school or come from a different ethnic group (including through using name-blank and school-blank applications where appropriate).

Dermot McGinley will attend a reception tonight held by The Deputy Prime Minister who will thank all of the businesses who have signed up to the Business Compact.

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Technical, Professional and Managerial Rail opportunities in Qatar available for experienced staff at all levels.

Excellent tax free £££ and Benefits

Email your cv or interest to

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The McGinley Group is delighted to be invited to a Downing Street event, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in January 2012 as recognition for their good work in contributing to the Government’s Social Mobility Strategy, This strategy encourages businesses to play their part in removing barriers to social mobility.

To read our case study and learn more about this strategy, please click on the link.

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McGinley Support Services Limited has long been certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, and for the past 12 months we have been working towards the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard. During this period our business has continued to grow, and with the backdrop of constant industry and regulatory changes the ISO standards have enabled us to manage growth and employ change with great control.

“It has been an important and thorough exercise that illustrates our commitment to achieving high standards”, said Eugene Meehan, Managing Director. “We can now clearly offer all our clients a service which will support their environmental aims – a service which has now been independently audited”.

McGinley Support Services Limited provides a recruitment service in four main areas, Rail, Civil Engineering, Airports and Utilities. Operating in specialist markets means close attention to Quality, Health, Safety, and Environmental standards is crucial. “Achieving this standard demonstrates our motivation towards excellence. Auditing allows a regular health check, which gives us a management programme for continual improvement”, said Ty Qureshi, Quality & Systems Manager.

McGinley Support Services Limited is committed to high standards. We are dedicated to our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme as well as developing our systems in line with Investors In People and BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

We believe our clients will benefit from our integrated management approach and feel our systems will support the aims and vision of our clients’ health, safety, quality and environmental programme.

Further information from

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The latest edition of our popular newsletter Safety IN Rail is now available from our rail page. Please download for free.

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Major Contract Win

McGinley Support Services Ltd and JSB McGinley Systems Ltd are delighted to announce that we have secured a major contingent labour contract with Network Rail for the supply of Isolations and OLE Support Staff.

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Any company using an Agency to provide temporary workers will have to pay close attention to the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) due to come into force on the 1st October this year. From that date agency workers will have the right to the same facilities as comparable workers that are directly employed by the hiring customer. In addition, but following a qualifying period, agency workers will be entitled to the same pay as directly employed comparable workers. There are some exclusions and much detail to digest in terms of the workings but now is the time to start thinking about the AWR and the implications it may have on UK company workforces. Official guidance has yet to be published by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, but we’ll be publishing some further interim information for customers on our website soon.

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Two contrasting stories impacting on skills needed in the energy related construction industry have surfaced at the same time. The first concerns the £1bn of investment EDF intend to make in preparation work at Hinkley Point power station in Somerset. 700 new people will be needed by the end of the year and this seems to represent a kick start to the Nuclear related recruitment that promises to develop. On the other hand the Renewable Energy Association has voiced its concern that thousands of solar power related jobs that are expected to be created have been put in jeopardy. This is because the Government have ordered a review into subsidies into the solar industry known as the Feed-In-Tariffs (FITs) and this, it is feared, may drive investment abroad at the expense of jobs in the UK. In EDF’s case as well the longer term investment by them and thousands of future jobs depend on the Government introducing market reforms in the nuclear sector. Both these stories demonstrate how difficult it is to predict how quickly future infrastructure recruitment will take to get of the ground and how much influence the Government has before it does. Whilst dealing with the long term the Coalition must keep the wheels oiled along the way or risk delaying the recovery because of a lack of real front line construction jobs.

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