What we do

Attracting The Workforce

Attracting and Encouraging a Diverse and Talented Workforce

One of the biggest challenges facing the industry is attracting enough talented people into the workforce from diverse backgrounds to support the sector as the anticipated increase in workload materialises. We are working with members, industry partners and stakeholders to help us attract recruits and persuade parents and teachers of the value of a career in civil engineering.

We will seek, where possible, to embrace and support arrangements that both member and regional bodies already have in place to engage with the next generation of civil engineering contractors in colleges, schools and academies within the region.

CECA (Southern) is proud to have supported The Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group, who, in conjunction with Fareham College, is offering an exciting new Apprenticeship programme designed to prepare young people and adults for a career in civil engineering occupations. The Civil Engineering and Groundworks Apprenticeship (CEGA) will enable participants to develop the skills needed to work in a diverse range of construction sites and get paid a wage while gaining a recognised qualification. CEGA will be delivered at The Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC), and the course has been specially designed to ensure all apprentices are job ready after a twenty-week site preparation programme.

We are also proud to have been involved with The Aspirations Academies Trust which has a very successful record in not only greatly improving failing and under-performing schools, but also in developing new, innovative schools. The Trust’s vision is to deliver an authentic education for the 21st century for children from the age of 4 to 19.

CECA (Southern) is also looking to strengthen its university engagement, with initial target universities being Portsmouth, Southampton and Solent, building on existing contacts and developing new ones.

We are also increasing our engagement with younger members through social media and events. Our Annual Awards recognises our greatest resource, which is our people. That’s why each year we celebrate the achievements of those working in our industry.

Our award categories are:

  • Most Promising Apprentice
  • Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor
  • Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer
  • Outstanding Contribution/Lifetime Achievement Award

Awards will be presented at the CECA (Southern) Annual Lunch at the Lancaster London on Friday 2 November 2018. Our traditional Dinner, which has been held for over 20 years, has been changed to a lunchtime event with the intention of attracting greater, more diverse member/guest numbers.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners:

  • Most Promising Apprentice 2017 – Hannah Jarman (Breheny Civil Engineering)
  • Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor 2017 – Owen Withanachi (Interserve Construction Ltd)
  • Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer 2017 – Safia Whitwham (Osborne)
  • Highly Commended Trainee Civil Engineer 2017 – Conor Goodwin-Tindall (VolkerFitzpatrick)
  • Outstanding Contribution/Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 – Ray Ransom (R&W Civil Engineering Ltd)

Health Safety & Wellbeing

The health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce is the essential component of our industry. Every family has a right to expect any member working in the industry to return home safely from work at the end of every working day.

CECA have produced our own CDM guidance identifying and promoting good industry practices. This has been well received across the industry and is being used by many to drive improvements.

Across the UK, CECA also leads an annual Stop. Make a Change (link) campaign which involves businesses across the sector ‘standing down’ their employees to specifically draw attention to and focus on workforce welfare issues.

We also promote the sharing of best practice amongst members, and Osborne’s ‘STOP Think! Cascade’ (link) is one example which we share with members.

Training and Development

For those who are attracted to the sector and for those already part of the workforce, it is essential that we provide high quality training and development opportunities to maintain and grow their competency.

At CECA (Southern) we have developed a training and development programme for our members which focuses on contractual skills, predominantly the NEC form of contract. The training is provided by Mark Bezzant, Director, Bezzant Ltd. Bezzant Ltd specialises in construction law and commercial matters and Mark is highly respected in the industry for his vast experience and specialist knowledge. These seminars are free to members and include comprehensive notes for each seminar. Our programme for 2018 is:

  • 28 June 2018 – Preparation and relevance of the Contract Data for the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract
  • 27 September 2018 – Compensation events under the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract
  • 15 November 2018 – Programmes under the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract