Groundforce is supporting a pioneering civil engineering apprenticeship scheme by delivering shoring and deep excavation training to the apprentices.
The Civil Engineering and Groundworks Apprenticeship (CEGA) pilot scheme aims to provide young people, the unemployed, ex-offenders and ex-servicemen and women with the opportunity to receive 20 weeks of intensive training at the start of their CITB apprenticeship.
As part of the project launched by the Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group, Groundforce Training Services provided equipment and expertise for the session at the Civil Engineering Training Centre based at a satellite facility of Fareham College, on HMS Daedalus in Lee-on-Solent.
Groundforce delivered both theoretical and practical shoring training, with donated Groundforce equipment such as trench sheets and boxes and waling frames.
Solent CEGA member Kevin Miskella, owner director of Stockbridge-based Carlton Civil Engineering, said the scheme had been set up in response to skills shortages and to improve the knowledge levels of CITB apprentices as they arrive to site at the start of their two-year courses.
The scheme launched with 38 groundworkers (from a 127-applicant base) and will recruit another 40. All successful apprentices receive a certification required to work with a variety of construction equipment such as dumpers, rollers, CATs and Gennies. They are guaranteed a job with their employer sponsor at the end of the training period.
Groundforce Training Services general manager Chris Gearren said: “We are excited to play a small part in the upskilling of the individuals completing the Solent CEGA.
“The 12 employers supporting this project felt strongly that Groundforce, as industry leaders, should be involved. This not only shows the strength of the Groundforce brand, our temporary works capabilities, and specialist equipment solutions, but also shows the importance of our continued investment in the Groundforce Training division.
“Importantly, the opportunity to engage with CEGA provides us with a unique chance to display the strength of Groundforce and the importance of safety in and around excavations to a new generation.”
Groundforce will be delivering further training for the scheme.