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) Awards
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The CECA (Southern) awards celebrate the best people and congratulations to our 2019 award winners: Most Promising Apprentice – Alexandra Kosta, VolkerHighways Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor – Shannon Rivolta, VolkerHighways Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer – Hamza Din, Jackson Civil Engineering Outstanding Contribution/Lifetime Achievement Award – Barbara Kemp, VolkerFitzpatrick The Awards were presented at the

CECA (Southern) Annual Lunch
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We were delighted to welcome members and guests to the CECA Southern Annual Lunch on Friday 5 July 2019 at The Brewery.  In 2019, the Annual Lunch was refreshed with a new summertime date and new venue. This flagship event brought together over 400 people and is the networking event of the CECA Southern calendar and not

CECA (Southern) Annual Lunch raises in excess of £3,000 for charity
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At our Annual Lunch at The Brewery London on Friday 5 July 2019 we raised in excess of £3,000 for our nominated charity Disability Challengers. Challengers provides inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people and our sincere thanks to all our members and guests who donated so generously.