CECA Civil Engineering Operative (NPA Construction Operations) SCQF Level 5 (Fort William) NPA

What is special about this course?

The Civil Engineering Industry is at the forefront of designing, constructing, and maintaining essential infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water supply systems, and more. In Scotland, this industry is instrumental in developing sustainable solutions that support economic growth and enhance the quality of life for residents.

The CECA Scotland Academy provides a training to employment programme developing a future pipeline of talent to the Civil Engineering Industry in Scotland. This programme is being run as a national pilot and is supported by Civil Engineering Contractors Association and their industry members. 

Upon successfully finishing the programme, participants will be awarded a National Progression Award (NPA) qualification in civil engineering. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to participate in an employer event featuring interviews, paving a direct pathway into the industry as a certified civil engineering operative.

Industry employers affiliated with CECA have committed to ensuring a 75% employment rate for successful candidates entering the workforce as Civil Engineering Operatives.

Entry requirements

  • One pass at National 4 or relevant work placement taster in industry.
  • Learners are likely to benefit more readily from study of the award if they enter with a general and broad academic ability showing an aptitude at SCQF level 3 and above for English, Mathematics and other related technical and graphical subjects. 
  • Workplace Health Safety and Welfare
  • Conform to Productive Work Practices
  • Set Out Secondary Dimensional Work Controls: An Introduction
  • Install Road Drainage
  • Lay Kerbs and Channels
  • Excavate Holes and Trenches
  • Reinstate Ground Conditions
  • Form Concrete Structures
  • Lay and Finish Concrete
  • Work Readiness. (Site visits/further specialist practical skills)

This course will be available in January 2024 subject to awarding body approval.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

5 days per week including 2 days a week paid work experience.

How long will my course last?

19 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

This programme is being run as a national pilot and is supported by Civil Engineering Contractors Association and their industry members. As part of this programme the successful candidates will be given an interview as part of an employer event at the end of the programme. Employers have signed up to CECA to guarantee a 75% employment rate as Civil Engineering Operatives for successful candidates.

This programme offers progression onto:

  • MA Civil Engineering Operations
  • NC Civil Engineering
  • NC Built Environment

Successful candidates may also be eligible to apply for a construction trade apprenticeship.

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I want to start in January 2024

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