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Construction & Building Services

Construction & Building Services

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The UK construction and building services industry is a huge employer in the UK, offering a diverse range of roles it is a popular choice of career.

Growth in the UK’s construction industry over the next few years is expected to lead to a vast increase in demand for house builders and related trades people together, with a high demand for those who have building services skills such as electrical installers, gas installers and plumbers etc.

Employers in the sector range from National and International Companies to small  local businesses.

Construction and building services programmes at Stoke on Trent College are designed to give you the real education you need to become a success in the industry.

Whether you want to work for a major employer in the sector or start your own business, the College’s world-class training facilities will give you the relevant skills required to fulfil your potential. In addition to our established John Seddon  technology Centre, a brand new Advanced Construction and Engineering Centre will open at our Burslem Campus in 2015, offering high class, industry standard training facilities in the construction qualifications that employers are looking for. The College’s bricklaying and plastering programmes will relocate to this new base where there will also be engineering workshops and state-of-the-art laboratories.

Meanwhile our two recently refurbished ‘NU Build’ on-site manufactured houses form a regional centre of excellence for eco-friendly practices and are the only  buildings of their type available for renewable technology training in the UK.

Brand new this year are Christiano renewable technology rigs, which will help you  to learn about such technologies as electricity regeneration systems, solar thermal,  solar photovoltaic electrics and heat pumps in a fun, hands-on way.

Our students are encouraged to take part in regional and national industry  competitions to showcase their skills and to enhance their achievements. We are proud of their success with the College enjoying regular top-three placed winners.

You can be sure of great support from highly experienced tutors throughout your course together with excellent links with local and national employers to help you find the right job.


  • Millions of people employed in the industry and demand increasing
  • Large range of different jobs, projects and careers
  • Potential to earn good money with an experienced bricklayer, carpenter or painter able to earn over £30,000 a year
  • Electricians earn around £27,500 a year
  • Gas Installers earn around £30,000 a year
  • Plumbers earn around £25,000 - £35,000 a year


  • Architect
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Site Foreman
  • Construction Manager
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Surveyor
  • Electric Engineer
  • Gas Engineer
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer
  • Plumbing Engineer
Craig Martin

Craig was named Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he fought off nationwide competition to be named the Painting and Decorating Association’s Apprentice of the Year. Craig, who is in his third year of an Apprenticeship at Stoke on Trent College, in conjunction with Fenton-based J&S Seddon, said he started entering competitions to prove his commitment to his job. He attributes his success to being “a bit of a perfectionist”. Craig said, “If I don’t like something I keep doing it until I get it right. What I like about the job is the variety, travelling all over the country and meeting different people”.

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