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If you have an ability to work quickly and accurately with your hands and want to develop a career in construction, our courses will give you the industry-recognised skills in your chosen trade, enabling you to work towards becoming a master craftsperson.

With the housing market booming and confidence in the economy returning, the construction industry’s growth will rely on a new influx of skilled tradespeople. Whether you are looking to get a first job in the construction industry, looking for a change of career or just want to learn new skills for a DIY project, we have a course for you.

To join the courses, all applicants will be required to pass an assessment and attend an interview. We offer construction training in the traditional trades of bricklaying and painting and decorating, providing all you need for a career in the industry in our fully equipped workshops, which will allow you to learn and benefit from industry standard facilities. We also offer short courses in plastering, painting and decorating and bricklaying. If you are unsure which trade you are most suited to, our taster courses will give you a feel of a variety of trades to see which suits you the best.

In order to gain the appropriate skills students move from Level 1 Diploma to Level 2 Diploma and then from the Level 2 Diploma to employment or an Apprenticeship. Our Apprenticeship programmes are developed to respond to employers’ changing needs. Apprenticeships allow you to earn a wage whilst learning a trade, developing practical skills and knowledge to establish a career in the largest sector in the UK.

On all courses you will be taught by tutors who have worked in the industry themselves, gaining the skills needed to start your career in the construction industry.

Skills and qualities required include a careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work; the ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions; the ability to work well in a team; a head for heights; good communication skills and a good eye for detail.

Please see our separate listings for Electrical Installation and Carpentry & Joinery.

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This course really has been the best thing I’ve done. I’ve had a lot of support from my tutors and really feel like I’ve developed important skills. I love competing in national competitions and have recently won the regional round of the Worldskills UK competition.

Amanda Conner
Diploma Painting & Decorating


Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Bricklayer £16,000+
  • Construction operative £15,000+

You could move on to be a:


  • Civil Engineer £25,000+
  • Construction manager £27,000+

Source: National Careers Service

The best part about teaching is to see how people’s lives and opportunities can dramatically change – we see this a lot particularly as a result of national competitions. It’s also great fun, and extremely rewarding.