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ICE launches ‘This is Civil Engineering’ Photography Competition

ICE launches ‘This is Civil Engineering’ Photography Competition Civil engineering is all around us. From the Millennium Stadium to the Menai Bridge, it has helped to shape our world. Join ICE Wales Cymru in celebrating civil engineering in Wales by entering their annual photo competition (3 categories: Under 16s; 16+ years; and Fairness/Inclusion/Respect (e.g. the photo that best captures/promotes diversity in civil engineering i.e. disability, gender, religion etc.). This competition is open to all schools, colleges, photo clubs, members of the public, as well as industry colleagues. Deadline for entries is 31 August 2017 (limited to 2 per person for photographs taken between 1 October 2016 and 31 August 2017). An exhibition of the best photos will be held in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay tbc., and the Special Awards Ceremony will be held on 2 October 2017. The exhibition will be open to the public from 18 September 2017. Download the flyer and conditions of entry Visit the ICE website for more...

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Capital Law – Wales’s 100th Living Wage Employer!

Capital Law – Wales’s 100th Living Wage Employer! The Living Wage Foundation and Cynnal Cymru are delighted to announce that Capital Law has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer. This means Wales has reached 100 accredited Living Wage employers. Since November 2016, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales have become the official accreditation body for the Living Wage in Wales, and the number of organisations paying the Living Wage has increased by a fifth. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Capital Law, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45, and £9.75 in London. Both these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently, updated annually and calculated according to the real cost of living. Paul Clayton, HR Director at Capital Law said: “We are thrilled to be announced as the 100th accredited Living Wage employer in Wales. We are very passionate about being a responsible employer and have been working with our contractors to ensure everyone who works for Capital Law is being paid at least the Living Wage. We look forward to working with Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales to increase the number of Living Wage employers in Wales.” Employers choose to pay...

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WCVA becomes an accredited Living Wage Employer!

WCVA becomes an accredited Living Wage Employer! Cynnal Cymru and the Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that WCVA has today accredited as a Living Wage employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 in the UK or £9.75 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living. Ruth Marks, Chief Executive, WCVA said: “WCVA has a range of progressive and inclusive working practices.  Our reward and recognition policy values all our staff and the opportunity to demonstrate this by becoming a Living Wage employer is really important to us. “Many charities in Wales support people through issues connected with ‘in work poverty’ and wider social challenges including health, mental health, transport, housing and digital inclusion. In our view the living wage is a positive movement for society and particularly our members and the organisations we support in the third sector.” Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support. Katherine Chapman,...

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Darwin Gray becomes first Welsh Law firm to achieve Living Wage Accreditation

Darwin Gray becomes first Welsh Law firm to achieve Living Wage Accreditation Darwin Gray is the first Welsh law firm to be accredited as a Living Wage employer by The Living Wage Foundation. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Darwin Gray, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. Significantly higher rates than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living. Fflur Jones, Partner and Head of Employment and HR at Darwin Gray, said, “We are delighted to have received our Living Wage accreditation to recognise Darwin Gray’s commitment to our employees, and very proud to be the first Welsh law firm to do so” Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We welcome Darwin Gray to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living. We are a movement of over 3000 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live...

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Food and Drink Wales plan for green growth in food manufacturing available now

Food and Drink Wales plan for green growth in food manufacturing available now Food and Drink Wales plan for Green Growth in food and drink manufacturing has been published this week following a launch by Jane Hutt at the recent Taste Wales conference. ‘Doing Better Business – Opportunities for Welsh Food and Drink Manufacturers in Responsible and Green Growth‘ is written by Iain Cox of Ecostudio, with Welsh Government officials from Food and Drink Wales and with support from the industry. This business-friendly publication sets out how the Welsh Governments intention for an environmentally and socially responsible food and drink sector is bringing commercial advantages to Welsh food manufacturers. – it demonstrates how the Welsh food and drink industry is set benefit from the Welsh Government Food Action Plan and Future Generations legislation. – it features best practice examples from Welsh food and drink manufacturers and trade buyers, including: Parsnipship, Ty Tanglwyst Dairy, Puffin Produce, Fruitapeel, Bangor Mussel Producers and NHS Wales. – it describes the support available to Welsh food and drink manufacturers, including the Sustainable Business Review. A free online self-assessment that is helping 100s of small food companies to report their sustainable credentials to customers, and numerous trade buyers to meet CSR and legislation by assessing the sustainability of their suppliers. Iain Cox the publication’s author and Director of Ecostudio says: “The UK marketplace for sustainably...

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