Attracting 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 attract new recruits and convince 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 (South West) 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. The Civil Engineering and Groundworks Apprenticeship (CEGA) will enable participants to develop the skills needed to work across 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.

CECA (South West) has close ties with Plymouth, Bath and Exeter Universities and champions an annual industrial placement award for the best student placement with a member company.

CECA (South West) is also looking to establish a South West Foundations Group to encourage graduate participation in CECA activities.

We are also increasing our engagement with younger members through social media and events. Our Annual Awards recognise 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 (South West) Annual Lunch at The Grand Hotel, Torquay on Friday 5 October 2018.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners:

  • Most Promising Apprentice 2017 – Thomas Mitchell (Interserve Construction Ltd)
  • Highly Commended Apprentice 2017 – Chloe Martin (HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Ltd)
  • Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer 2017 – Dewi Liiv (Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd)
  • Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor 2017 – Alex Evans (Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd)
  • Outstanding Contribution/Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 – Keith Broughton (HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Ltd)
CECA South West Foundations Group
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The newly-formed CECA South West Foundations Group are now on LinkedIn.  The Foundations Group aims to promote the civil engineering and construction industry to current and future generations and engage with other like-minded civil engineering and construction professionals, companies, organisations and groups who wish to attract young people into our industry. The CECA South West

CECA South West Training Awards 2018
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 Our South West Award Winners for 2018, namely: Most Promising Apprentice; Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor; Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer; University of Bath Student Placement Award; University of Plymouth Student Placement Award.

Engineering Plymouth
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 The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) presents Engineering Plymouth. A film celebrating how civil engineers have helped to shape Plymouth over the last 500 years.