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 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
  • Safety Initiative & Innovation

More details can be found here.

CECA Southern – Portsmouth City Council – Lennox Point Industry Day – 23 September 2021
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Lennox Point (previously known as Tipner West) is an ambitious and innovative development proposal for a new, car-free, waterfront neighbourhood in Portsmouth.  The scheme is being led by Portsmouth City Council as part of the City’s Regeneration Strategy.  Further information can be accessed here. Portsmouth City Council are hosting an industry day on Thursday 23

Congratulations to Prince Bahati for receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ in the CECA Southern Young Achievers Industrial Placement Award 2021
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Prince Bahati @VolkerWesselsUK is celebrating being given a ‘highly commended’ award in the Most Promising Industrial Placement category at the CECA Southern Young Achiever Awards 2021. Prince was presented with his award by David Allen, Executive Director, CECA Southern on site at HS2, Maple Cross WD3 9XN where Prince is serving his placement.