What we Do
Provide the opportunity for members to contribute to and influence regional and national priorities within our industry through active participation in CECA Yorkshire & Humber activities.
Regular liaison meetings with principal clients, regulatory bodies and local and regional government officers providing extensive networking and business development opportunities through inter member and member/client contact.
Relations have been established with key regional LEPs and will be developed where appropriate to raise LEP awareness of the need for ongoing investment in Infrastructure whilst understanding some of the key industry issues that may impact on this.
Run quarterly Management Committee Meetings with presentations on topical issues and providing members with the opportunity to network.
Provide access to a wide range of technical and legal/contractual presentations and training on topical industry and member issues.
Use of a free Construction & Legal Helpline with our partner, Watson Burton LLP.
We also represent on various CITB Committees, to ensure that companies working in the Infrastructure sector are represented when discussing issues such as Grant, Levy and the newly launched Training Model.
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 (Y&H) are members of WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) and work closely with them to support women and girls to consider construction and engineering roles and careers.
CECA (Y&H) work closely with Leeds University, helping to deliver the Construction Management module each year to their Civil Engineering undergraduates.
Civils Training Group have also been involved in the development of a ‘Roots to Roof’ construction careers project for delivery in Primary Schools. In 2017, this project was delivered to 10 schools around Leeds and Hull, which culminated in a grand finale at the NYBEP ‘Inspirations Day’ at Elvington Airfield. CECA Y&H and Civils Training Group are also in the process of developing a Civil Engineering Schools Engagement Day, for delivery to over 100 Primary School children in 2018. This will involve bridge-building, pipe laying, building structures and materials development.
CECA (Y&H) and Civils Training Group will continue to support CITB Construction Ambassadors events in 2018, as well as other STEM and careers activities.
We are also looking to increase our engagement with younger members through social media and events, including the recently formed ‘Forum for Future Managers’. This Forum is made up of 15 upcoming leaders from our member companies, and they meet four times a year to help inform the training and development activities for the Region.
Our Annual Awards recognises our greatest resource, which is our people. That’s why each year we celebrate the Most Promising Apprentice within our membership. The awards were presented at the CECA (Y&H) Annual Dinner at the Majestic Hotel on Friday 20 April 2018. Our traditional Dinner, which has been held for over 20 years, has been changed to a lunchtime event with the intention of attracting greater, more diverse member/guest numbers.
Congratulations to our 2016 Winner, Luke Selwood of Colas, who was also voted in as Chair of the Forum for Future Managers.
Our 2017 winner was Joseph Edwards, of Buckingham Group.
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.
CECA have produced our own CDM guidance identifying and promoting good industry practices. This has been well received across the industry and is being used by many to drive improvements.
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.
We also promote the sharing of best practice amongst members, and Osborne’s ‘STOP Think! Cascade’ is one example which we share with members.
CECA (Y&H) work closely with the Yorkshire Safety Centre for Construction in Y&H, collaborating on safety-related training and development activities as well as providing guidance on areas such as occupational health and mental health awareness.
Training and Development
For those who are attracted to the sector and 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.
At CECA (Y&H) we have developed a training and development programme for our members which focuses on commercial and contractual skills, predominantly within the NEC form of contract. The training is provided through a series by Watson Burton LLP. Waston Burton are construction law specialists and most seminars are delivered by partner, Sarah Wilson. Sarah is highly regarded by members and respected for her experience and specialist knowledge. These seminars are free to members and include notes for each seminar.
Our Programme for 2018/19 will be published in June 2018.
CECA Y&H are also closely linked to Civils Training Group (Y&H), which is an independent Training Group with 30 members across the Region. The Training Group supports careers and schools engagement, delivers training events based on member requirements and is a source of advice and guidance for members.
For any information on training and development issues within CECA (Y&H), please contact Training Manager Jemma Carmody.