Attracting, developing and valuing our people
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. For those already in the industry we need to support their development and value their health, safety and wellbeing.
Despite this being such a rewarding industry we still face a significant challenge in attracting enough talented people into the workforce, from diverse backgrounds, to support the sector. We recognise this and have a number of initiatives underway to support members.
We are working with a range of industry partners and stakeholders to develop clear career pathways and accredited apprenticeships for new entrants. Whilst there remains some way to go our aim is to provide a consistent route for site based contractors which will help us attract recruits, and persuade parents and teachers of the value of a career in civil engineering.
We are also increasing our engagement with younger members through social media and events. We have established a CECA Wales Foundations Group for younger members to increase their personal development by working on industry specific projects, engaging with the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to help shape future infrastructure needs and supporting the CECA Wales Executive Board with a place for the Chair of the Foundations Group on the Executive Board.
Our Annual Awards evening continues to recognise our greatest asset which is our people. Each year we celebrate the achievements of those working in our industry and our CECA Wales Executive Board has resolved to reward the highest performers in our industry in four categories :
- Most promising Apprentice
- Most promising Trainee Civil Engineer –Technician (non-Graduate)
- Most promising Trainee Civil Engineer –Graduate
- Contribution to the Industry
These awards will be presented at our next CECA Wales Annual Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on Friday 12th April 2019.
Applicants to the Awards are also invited to participate in the CECA Wales Leadership Challenge which is a 2-day leadership and teamworking challenge which is held in partnership with the Armed Forces. This year’s event will be held 15-16th November 2018 at Cwrt y Gollen Training Camp near Crickhowell. It follows last year’s inaugural event and forms part of CECA Wales’ leadership development programme for young CECA Wales members.
In conjunction with the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru and Constructing Excellence in Wales award winners, the CECA Wales award winners are also invited to the Senedd in Cardiff Bay in December for the Construction Industry in Wales Award Winners’ Reception hosted by a Minister of the Welsh Government.
For those who are attracted to the sector or for those already part of the workforce it is essential that we provide high quality training and development opportunities to maintain and grow their competency to deliver a 21st Century service for customers. We have developed a training and development programme for our members which focuses on contractual skills, predominantly the NEC form of contract, new Welsh-specific legislation, such as the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, the Environment Act and the Planning (Wales) Act, mock trial experiences, softer skills such as communications and political awareness.
We are working closely with the Welsh Government, Qualifications Wales, training providers and industry stakeholders to develop consistent qualification standards and career pathways for the civil engineering sector. We are currently supporting a pilot project to develop an apprenticeship for Civil Engineering Operatives (Groundworks and Plant Operation) and are developing a further apprenticeship proposal for an Advanced Civil Engineering Operative to develop the Foremen/women and “Gangers” of the future. Both are important components of the career pathway for civil engineering contractors.
CECA Wales Foundations Group
We have established a CECA Wales Foundations Group for younger members to increase their personal development by working on industry specific projects, engaging with the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to help shape future infrastructure needs and supporting the CECA Wales Executive Board with a place for the Chair of the Foundations Group on the Executive Board.
CECA Wales Leadership Challenge
A joint CECA Wales and Armed Services initiative for younger members. The next event takes place on 15th and 16th November 2018.
Valuing Our People
The health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce is the essential component of our industry. Every family has a right to expect any member working in the industry to return home safely from work at the end of every working day. We have produced our own CDM guidance document identifying and promoting good industry practices. This has been well received across the industry and is being used by many to drive improvements.
We also produce an annual report on the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce across the UK which will include a Wales-specific report to sit alongside experiences from the rest of the UK to allow us to identify areas for improvement.
Across the UK, CECA also leads an annual “Stop. Make a Change” campaign which involves businesses across the sector “standing down” their employees to specifically draw attention to and focus on workforce welfare issues. The next campaign is planned for April 2019. If you would like to take part please contact CECA Wales.