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Solent Civil Engineering Collaboration - Industry Led Skills Solution Pilot

Training and development

Productivity and new ways of working, Sectors and roles, Careers and recruitment

Blanchard Wells

Gracelands Ltd; Carlton Civil Engineering Ltd

England (South)




The project supports the establishment of an employer-led training consortium that increases the capacity of ground working provision in the South (central) area of England. 

Eleven ground-working companies have created a consortium that will centrally coordinate the delivery of Civil Engineering Operation apprentices with additional plant training at a purpose built centre to make them fully work-ready as ground-workers when they finish their course. 

The project will develop volunteers from the workforce who are near the end of their careers, into trainers and assessors to deliver this additional training and upskill the existing workforce.

After the project, an employer training consortium in the South / Central area will have increased capacity to deliver training in plant operations and ground-working through newly created trainers and assessors, as well as a training infrastructure. this will continue to deliver skills for industry in this area after the funded period. The evidence base supporting a multi-skilled workforce will help others to adopt this way of working and add to industry knowledge in this area.

  • 30 mature workforce becoming assessors and achieving ground working NVQs
  • 5 mature workforce becoming trainers and achieving ground working NVQs
  • Research report on multi-skilling in groundworks increasing productivity.

01 Feb 2018

31 Aug 2019