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The Civil Engineering Training Centre

In partnership with The Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group, 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.

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Applications are now open for our next intake in February 2019. To apply for this excellent opportunity, please follow the link below and apply directly through the Government Apprenticeship website.


Solent Civil Engineering & Groundworks Apprenticeship

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Is CEGA right for me?

If you want a career in construction and have energy and enthusiasm, the Solent Civil Engineering & Groundworks Apprenticeship will help you develop the skills to work on a variety of commercial and industrial building sites, and get paid while gaining a recognised qualification.

If you’re already working on site and want to gain a formalised qualification to develop your skills for future progression, this Apprenticeship could be suitable for you too. Places on this apprenticeship programme are in high demand so you must be willing to demonstrate your commitment to training and perusing a career in the construction industry.

How is the programme delivered?

The Apprenticeship lasts for 18 months, with students undertaking an intensive initial training programme for the first 20 weeks. This training will take place at our new Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Students will then spend the remainder of the Apprenticeship in full time employment with one of our partner construction companies, where they will be allocated a mentor to support their skills development. They will also receive regular visits from a CETC Assessor who will review their progress and the completion of the Apprenticeship framework.

Skills & Progression

As part of the Apprenticeship, students will obtain the following certifications and licences, all essential for on-site employment:

  • CSCS card
  • Dumper license
  • Roller License
  • Abrasive wheels certification
  • Manual handling certification
  • CAT and Genny training
  • Vehicle Marshalling

Construction and Civil Engineering Groundworkers are the first onto a construction site and work closely with supervisors and engineers to interpret design specifications to prepare the site ready for work to begin. They continue their work through the construction phase and also play an important part in the completion of the project. This SolentCEGA enables you to gain the skills and experience needed to work within a variety of commercial and industrial settings, including:

  • Understanding technical drawings and plans
  • Working with architects, engineering and steel fixers
  • Surveying and planning resources
  • Design and installation of temporary works
  • Laying foundations for construction work
  • Making and using concrete types
  • Understanding various stone types and their uses
  • Understanding and fitting domestic and industrial drainage
  • Installing paths, edgings, kerbs and concrete finishes
  • Laying paving slabs and block paving
  • Safely work around existing services and surrounding environment

The skills of qualified civil engineers and groundworkers are highly sought after to support construction projects and infrastructure development in areas including:

  • Roads and highways
  • Railways
  • Residential housing
  • Public sector builds (e.g. schools, hospitals)
  • Commercial and industrial builds
  • Leisure builds (e.g. community buildings, leisure centres)
  • Specialist establishments within defence, military, aviation and marine
  • Private builds

Gaining an Apprenticeship means that you will have the opportunity to progress your career in the future too. With hard work and dedication, you can pursue roles including Site Supervisor, Site Foreman or Contracts Manager. With further training, you could even move towards a more technical role in Engineering or commercial areas, such as Surveying or Project Management.

The Application Process

  • Courses start in September and February. You can register your interest by completing the application form at the top od tis page, by calling 01329 815 200 or emailing
  • You will then be invited to an initial interview with a Careers Centre Advisor at Fareham College where we will explain more about the programme and whether it is right for you – you must bring ID to this meeting.
  • All Apprenticeship programmes require you to have a Maths and English qualification at level 1 or above. At your interview, you will be asked to complete a Maths and English exercise – this will allow us to judge your current level and decide if you need any additional training.
  • Once you have successfully passed this stage, we will match you to a suitable employer and you will have a further interview with them.
  • If you are successful you will be offered a place, and we will provide further details about your start date and the kit you will need.

What are the benefits?

Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the a positive attitude, reliability and an enthusiastic approach to teamwork. For students who need support to develop the necessary functional skills to enter onto this course, the option of a Traineeship will be provided.

A Traineeship lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks and will enable the student to gain the core skills and English and Maths competency required to progress on to the full Apprenticeship, whilst simultaneously gaining work experience.

For the duration of the 20-week training course at CETC in Lee-on-the-Solent, and the duration of the Apprenticeship, a daily travel allowance will be provided.

Partners involved in delivering the Apprenticeship have sites across Hampshire, so every effort will be made to ensure apprentices are based on a site within a reasonable distance to their home locality.

Apprenticeships enable students to earn a wage while gaining their qualification. Rates of pay vary depending upon age, but are highly competitive in comparison to other Apprenticeship schemes and jobs in different industries.

Rates of Pay

CETC Training Rate

Site Rate

Under 18 Rate

£200 per week

£280 per week

Over 18 Rate

£280 per week

£360 per week

Bonuses are also available for full completion of all qualifications during the CETC Training Period and for holding a full valid Driving Licence when moving from CETC Training to site work.

CETC Case Studies

Proven results

“I would highly recommend a groundwork apprenticeship for those interested in a career in construction. It is an interesting job with daily challenges – seeing a project evolve from a greenfield site to a fully constructed building is really rewarding, and there are plenty of opportunities to better yourself if you show the right dedication and commitment.”

Matt Thomas
Contracts Manager at Blanchard Wells Ltd

“I now manage other staff on-site and have had lots of opportunities for progression. Every day in this job is different, there are always new challenges involved but it is very rewarding to see the process from start to finish. The machinery we use every day, such as diggers and dumpers, are really pretty impressive and being on-site is really good fun – we work hard but have lots of banter and laughs too!”

Taine Wells
Assistant Site Manager at Blanchard Wells

“I stuck at it and am now a fully qualified Groundworker, having completed an NVQ L2 in Groundworks as well as forward tipping dumper, ride on roller and confined spaces training. It was a great achievement to get my tickets, and the knowledge I have now is amazing!”

Sam Twig
Groundworker at Blanchard Wells Ltd

“I progressed on to manage my own site and have been doing so ever since, directing up to 14 men at a time. I get so much pride out of working as part of a team; completing a project such as building a home for someone to live in is really rewarding and to be part managing that process is a huge achievement.”

Gary Brighton
Groundworks Foreman at Aeroparks Development

CEGA Employers

Build a career on solid foundations

Every successful SolentCEGA apprentice will be offered a full-time permanent position at the end of their apprenticeship with one of the Group’s world-class employers.

Blanchard Wells
Blaze Construction
DR Groundworks
Dyer & Butler
Farncombe Construction
John Reilly
Knights Brown
PMC Construction & Development Services Ltd

CEGA Partners

Civil Engineering & Groundworks Apprenticeships

Fareham College
Solent LEP

CEGA Supporters

Civil Engineering & Groundworks Apprenticeships

Fareham Borough Council
Groundforce Shorco 1
Groundforce Shorco 2
Hampshire County Council
Hampshire Rigging Services
Pro Mech
SDS Water Infrastructure Systems
Taylor Wimpey
TJ Transport
WP Group

Contact CETC

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CETC Career Centre

01329 815 229

Employer Services

For further information on the CEGA Apprenticeship programme and how it can support your business please contact our dedicated CETC Employer Services Team on 01329 815 153, emailing or requesting a call back at a time convenient to you.

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