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 Foundations Group

The CECA SW Foundations Group was set up in 2018 comprising enthusiastic young graduate engineers and technicians in the region who have a passion for our industry. The idea for the group is to develop its own agenda (e.g. reaching out to young people, addressing environmental concerns, exploring new technologies).  We always welcome new members, so if you have a young, energetic engineer or technician in your employ who fits the description above please let us know. The group will hopefully encourage wider participation in CECA activities generally by young people and help to future-proof our organisation for years to come. The Group have their own CECA logo, email address and LinkedIn account.

CECA South West Training Awards

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. Awards are presented at the CECA (South West) Annual Lunch.

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners:

  • Most Promising Apprentice 2018 – Ashley English (South West Highways Ltd)
  • Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer 2018 – Jordan Anderson (Knights Brown)
  • Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor 2018 – Liam Derrick (Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd)
  • Outstanding Contribution/Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 – Phil Howard (BAM Ritchies)
CECA South West visits the new AccXel Construction School in Cinderford, Gloucestershire
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Paul Santer, Regional Director, CECA South West visited the new AccXel Construction School in Cinderford, Gloucestershire on 9 July 2021. The school is currently being built by house builder and groundworks contractor, KW Bell, who funded the new school with support from government. Doors open to trainees in January 2022. Paul Santer is pictured with