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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 progress 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. We offer a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment which can be enhanced within the last six months of study to a Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Environmental Technologies in Construction and the Built Environment.
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.
I love the range of trades Construction covers, such as plastering and bricklaying. I’m considering becoming a bricklayer in the future and looking at my options on an apprenticeship. The course really helps with building my knowledge and skills and the College provides career and employment advice too.
Students who have studied here have represented the College at local, national and international competitions. A recent example is Ryan Stevens who attended the World Skills Event in Brazil in 2015 and was awarded a Medallion of Excellence. Every student also has the opportunity to take part in the annual Federation of Master Builders Skills Competition. Students have also taken part in the annual Graining and Marbling Olympics in Stoke, where they have gained 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
The City and Guilds qualifications are widely recognised within the construction industry and have been specifically designed for students to experience a realistic training environment. Students go on to rewarding careers with local companies, local authorities and major building contractors throughout the UK and overseas. Many choose to be self-employed and set up successful businesses of their own.
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
I consider myself to have a comprehensive knowledge of Brickwork and the wider Construction Industry. This has been developed over a number of years working in the UK, USA and Europe and by gaining experience in all sectors of Construction and the Built Environment. I am a people person and enjoy the challenge and rewards that come from working with students of all ages and backgrounds.