National Road Authorities (NRAs) face challenges in recruitment of their future workforce. Under our last Strategic Pan Task Group I7 developed a joint Human Resource (HR)-program. This allows participating NRAs to exchange engineering students to carry out their thesis work or support internships of more experienced NRA staff. The program will also include exchange opportunities for employees. This promotes the attractiveness of NRAs as a future employer.
Many NRAs face challenges in recruiting, developing and the retention of their future workforce. One reason for this is a general lack of interest in engineering studies. Currently only 2 in 10 students opt for a study in the field of engineering. Society needs 4 in 10 students to select an engineering study. Also NRAs engineers require extra skill sets that currently are not included in the curricula of most technical studies.
The goals of CEDR’s activities are:
- To maintain a joint HR-program for the European NRAs to become more attractive employers among students;
- To promote civil engineering and other engineering studies among young people to provide NRAs, contractors, and consultants with a well-qualified future workforce;
- To increase mutual knowledge and exchange of expertise amongst NRAs through an exchange programme for employees;
- To have CEDR operating as a platform for an exchange programme.