The Sector

This £103 billion sector employs over 2 million people, so is one of the UK’s biggest employers. It covers everything from housing to airports, motorways and shopping centres, and increasingly uses renewable technology.

 

The Careers

There is a huge range of different occupations in the sector, including bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and decorators, as well as renewable technology installers and maintainers.



Advanced Apprenticeship Construction Building – Trowel Occupations route

Construction & Building Services

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who work or want to work in the construction industry and specialise in the area of bricklaying. Level 3 is ideal if you’ve worked in the construction industry and have plenty of experience. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your skills further and move into a senior role or a position with more responsibility. There are a number of start dates throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Advanced Apprenticeship Construction Building – Wood Occupations (Site) route

Construction & Building Services

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who work or want to work in the construction industry and specialise in the area of Wood Occupations. At Level 3, you will learn more about organisation in the construction sector, and learn advanced and complex techniques for Site Carpentry.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Advanced Apprenticeship The Gas Industry (Gas Route)

Construction & Building Services

The course is suitable for any learner who has gained an apprenticeship with a Gas Safe Registered company who carries out all the relevant gas work in the workplace and can collect a range of evidence on the Installation, Service and Maintenance of Gas cooker, fires and boilers.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Apprenticeship Construction Specialist – Plastering route

Construction & Building Services

These apprenticeships are for those who are employed in the construction trades and will cover all the main skills required for the particular role. You attend College on day release to gain both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for the job, and will be taught by experts in the purpose built Construction Technology Centre. You will also be assessed on the job so as to gain an NVQ at Level 2. All Apprentices also have English and Maths as part of the qualification.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Bench Joinery Level 2 Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

Job profiles If you enjoy working with wood and want to put your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal career for you. You’ll need an eye for detail, good maths skills for working out measurements and the ability to follow technical plans.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Bricklaying Level 1 Diploma

Construction & Building Services

These courses are the starting point for people who hope to have a career in one of the construction trades, and consist of both practical and theory elements. You will learn the basic skills of the trade as well as what employers expect in the industry, and how to work safely. All students will continue with English and Maths as part of the programme.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Bricklaying Level 2 Diploma Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

These courses are a progression from the Level 1 study programme to further develop skills in your chosen trade. ItÕs about increasing trade skills to meet the needs of employers. The course consists of practical and theory and both parts of the course need to be successfully completed to achieve this qualification. Employers will expect good attendance, good behaviour and good communication skills enabling you to interact with clients, work safely and use initiative as well as having skills.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

These courses are the starting point for people who hope to have a career in one of the construction trades, and consist of both practical and theory elements. You will learn the basic skills of the trade as well as what employers expect in the industry, and how to work safely. All students will continue with English and Maths as part of the programme.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Construction – Multi-Trades Level 1 Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

If you are interested in working in the construction industry but are not sure which specific trade area you would like to specialise in, then this course will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge required for various trades. This is a practical course which will allow you to learn and develop various skills relating to the trade.

Type:
Course - Full Time
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Electrical Installation Level 1 Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

These programmes will give you a basic knowledge of electrical installation skills. The qualification covers a range of basic tasks and the underpinning knowledge involved in electrical installation. On successful completion of this course you will achieve a City & Guilds award, allowing you to progress to the next level and to an Apprenticeship.

Type:
Course - Full Time
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Electrical Installation Level 3 Diploma

Construction & Building Services

This course covers a broad range of skills for electrical installation in domestic, commercial and industrial premises, installation practice and technology and information technology. Learning at the College is based on a number of taught classroom and practical sessions, there are also some hours of directed study where you work at your own pace with the guidance of a member of staff.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Electrical Installations Level 2 Diploma (City & Guilds) Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

This is a one year course for individuals to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the electro-technology sector. It will provide the basic range of skills for anyone entering the Electrical Installation Industry and working in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial premises. The course covers the following units:- Basic installation practice and technology Working effectively and safely Practical competences Principles of Electrotechnology Application of Health, Safety and Electrical Principles. Teaching will comprise a variety of classroom and practical based activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Painting and Decorating Level 1 Diploma Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

These courses are the starting point for people who hope to have a career in one of the construction trades, and consist of both practical and theory elements. You will learn the basic skills of the trade as well as what employers expect in the industry, and how to work safely. All students will continue with English and Maths as part of the programme.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Painting and Decorating Level 2 Diploma Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

These courses are a progression from the Level 1 courses to further develop skills in your chosen trade. ItÕs about increasing trade skills to meet the needs of employers. The course consists of practical and theory and both parts of the course need to be successfully completed to achieve this qualification. Employers will expect good attendance, good behaviour and good communication skills enabling you to interact with clients, work safely and use initiative as well as having skills.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Painting and Decorating Level 3 Diploma

Construction & Building Services

The NVQ Level 3 qualification is suitable for candidates who have achieved a Level 2 qualification and wish to extend their knowledge and practical skills. It provides an advanced level of knowledge and practical skills linked to the industry, which help to produce a skilled craftsperson capable of working on various aspects of the trade with the minimum of supervision.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Plumbing – Basic Plumbing Studies Level 2 Certificate (C&G) Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

This course covers all the key skills involved in plumbing, including: safety, key plumbing principles, cold and hot water systems, sanitation systems and sheet lead weatherings. Assessment is by practical assessment and multi-choice phase tests. An interview and trade devised (BPEC) assessment is required. Note some daytime blocks of attendance will be necessary to enable practical assessments to be carried out.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Plumbing Level 1 Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

This course is suitable for learners wanting to learn the basic skills and knowledge involved in the plumbing trade. The course will cover a range of basic tasks and underpinning knowledge involved in the plumbing industry.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Plumbing Studies Level 3 Diploma City & Guilds

Construction & Building Services

The Level 3 Plumbing qualification is the progression after completing the Level 2. Its main content enhances the broad range of skills that have been developed and gained at Level 2.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Site Carpentry Level 2 Diploma Study Programme

Construction & Building Services

These courses are a progression from the Level 1 Study Programme to further develop skills in your chosen trade. ItÕs about increasing trade skills to meet the needs of employers. The course consists of practical and theory and both parts of the course need to be successfully completed to achieve this qualification. Employers will expect good attendance, good behaviour and good communication skills enabling you to interact with clients, work safely and use initiative as well as having skills.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Site Carpentry Level 3 Diploma

Construction & Building Services

This course is for candidates who work or want to work as a Site Carpenter in the construction sector. It allows candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Site Carpentry.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Electrical: Wiring Regulations – 17th Edition IEE (City and Guilds 2382-10)

Construction & Building Services

This is a short course designed to update practising electricians operating in the electrical installation or associated industries. Outline of course content:- Scope, object and fundamental requirements for safety. Assessment of general characteristics. Protection for safety. Selection and erection of equipment. Inspection and testing. Special locations.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Assessment – CCN1 Intial Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with CORGI or work for a CORGI registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application). Please note there is high demand for this course.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme 4 day Assessment-CCN1, HTR1, WAT1, CEN1 & CKR1.

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with CORGI or work for a CORGI registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme – CENWAT 1 Central Heating Boiler Assessment / Water Heaters

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme -CKR 1 Cooker Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme – CPA 1 Training & Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme -DAH 1 Warm Air Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme – Gas Re-assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with CORGI or work for a CORGI registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme – HTR 1 Fire/Wall Heater Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Scheme – MET 1 Meter Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Training – CCN 1 Core Safety

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Training – CEN 1 Central Heating

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Training – CKR 1 Cookers

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Training – DAH 1 Warm Air

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Training – HTR 1 Gas Fires/Heaters

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Gas – UK Certification Training – WAT 1 Water Heaters

Construction & Building Services

This is an Assessment Scheme and must be completed by anyone working in the Gas Installation and/or Gas Maintenance sector. Successful completion is necessary for anyone wishing to register with GAS SAFE REGISTER or work for a GAS SAFE registered company. Refresher Training is also available should candidates feel that they need to update their knowledge prior to assessment. Please call the ACS Centre at Burslem 01782 603197 for specific dates and times. Note there are some application conditions set by the Gas Industry (details on application).

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Plumbing Studies Level 2 Diploma (City and Guilds 6035-02)

Construction & Building Services

This course covers many areas within plumbing and domestic heating, such as hot and cold water supplies, sanitation and understanding health and safety within Building Engineering Services. The course fee is per annum.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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Plumbing – Water Regulations BPEC Training and Assessment

Construction & Building Services

This course is aimed at practicing plumbers, but it will also benefit anyone working with the design, installation and specification of water systems. It is of particular importance for those who wish to attain approved contractor status. This course is part self-study with 1 day structured training. Assessment is by practical observation and multi-choice examination.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Renewable Energy Awareness

Construction & Building Services

This is a short course aimed at non technical candidates, wishing to develop an awareness of new alternative energy technologies for both personal and professional use. It covers many aspects of renewable technology to include types of installations and cost effectiveness.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Renewables – Heat Pumps Systems Level 3 Award

Construction & Building Services

This training course is designed to provide installers with all the skills and knowledge required to correctly install air & ground source heat pumps. This package has been developed in conjunction with the Ground Source Heat Pump Association with the intention that the training is recognised as demonstrating competence for the Micro-generation scheme. The programme includes pre-course reading of the training/reference manual, followed by attendance at a two day practical training course and completion of a practical and written assessment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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Renewables – Solar Domestic Hot Water Heating Systems Level 3 Award

Construction & Building Services

Solar hot water is probably the most cost-effective renewable energy technology that you can install in a domestic situation in this country, with the shortest payback time. The aim of this course is to provide experienced plumbing and heating engineers with the practical and theoretical knowledge required to install a Solar Domestic Hot Water heating system.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Renewables – Solar Photovoltaic Systems Level 3 Award

Construction & Building Services

This training course is designed to provide installers with all the skills and knowledge required to correctly design and install Photovoltaic systems. This package is recognised as demonstrating competence for the Micro-generation scheme. The programmes includes pre-course reading of the training/reference manual, attendance at a 3 day practical training course and completion of a practical and written assessment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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Facilities for you:

  • Purpose built John Seddon Building
  • New £10.5m Technology Hub
  • Specialist equipment e.g. renewable technology rigs and CNC wood machine
  • Hi-tech, modern workshops
  • Real life, practical environment
  • Staff with wealth of industry experience
  • NU Build onsite manufactured houses – regional training centre of excellence in eco-friendly practices
  • Excellent employer links

Popular careers in this sector:

  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Site Foreman
  • Construction Manager
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Surveyor
  • Electrical Installer
  • Gas Engineer
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer
  • Plumbing Engineer

Daniel Holdcroft – Painting and Decorating

The course has allowed me to meet new people and has been good fun.  I took part in my first competition recently, the Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year, where I was a winner and it felt great when I heard my name called out.  This has all been possible thanks to all the staff in the College’s painting and decorating department.