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.

East Surrey College
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East Surrey College, based in Redhill, have recently merged with John Ruskin College, South Croydon and are keen engage with CECA members to determine whether the apprenticeships they currently deliver still meet with the real industry need. The course outlines for the three apprenticeships can be found on the Southern page of the Members’ Area

Generation 4 – Civil Engineering, Highways and Transport Works Framework
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Engagement on the Gen 4 suite of frameworks is now complete.  In this regard, please find their slides below which explain their final thoughts and set out what will be in the Gen 4 Framework tender documents.  Do read these carefully as many things have changed.  Any questions should be directed via however please

ICE South Branch ‘Powering the South’ Event – 2 May 2019
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On 2 May 2019, three key speakers from the world of energy delivered their take on what the shape of energy provision in the South might look like to a full house at Gatwick. The focus was on regional and local provision of green energy solutions, using community energy groups and networks to target carbon