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 – Decorative finishing route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the painting and decorating trade, at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations and Diploma in Painting and Decorating, both at Level 3. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As an experienced painter and decorator, you would work on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises to given specifications preparing background surfaces for painting and decorating, applying paint to complex surfaces by brush and roller and hanging wall coverings to complex surfaces. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Advanced Apprenticeship Construction Building – Trowel Occupations route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the bricklaying sector, at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Bricklaying and Diploma in Bricklaying, both at Level 3. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As an experienced bricklayer, you would work on a construction site, to given specifications, setting out structures, building brick and block walling, laying domestic drainage, placing and finishing concrete and render surfaces, and carry out complex building work. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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Advanced Apprenticeship Construction Building – Wood Occupations route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work as a joiner, at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations and Diploma in Bench Joinery or a Diploma in Site Joinery (depending on your specialism), both at Level 3. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As a bench joiner, you would use drawings to produce complex wood products to given specifications, such as doors, frames, linings, staircases and handrails. As a site joiner, you would work on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, carrying out first and second fixing, erecting complex structural carcassing components such as trussed rafter roofs and traditional cut roofs. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Apprenticeship Construction Building – Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting Route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the painting and decorating trade. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations and Diploma in Painting and Decorating, both at Level 2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As a painter and decorator you would work on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, preparing background surfaces for painting and applying paint by brush and roller. Hanging standard wall coverings depending upon ability and the company training. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Apprenticeship Construction Building – Trowel Occupations route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the bricklaying sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Bricklaying and Diploma in Bricklaying, both at Level 2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As a bricklayer, you would work on a construction site, to given specifications, setting out basic structures, building brick and block walling, laying domestic drainage, placing and finishing concrete and render surfaces. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Apprenticeship Construction Building – Wood Machining route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work as a Wood Machinist. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ in Wood Machining and Diploma in Wood Machining, both at Level 2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would work in a wood machine shop producing sawn wood products, to given specifications, manufacturing bench joinery components, producing sanded wood and wood-based items and maintaining equipment in the workplace. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
Level:
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Apprenticeship Construction Building – Wood Occupations route

Construction & Building Services

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work as a Joiner. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and attend classes in our new modern workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations and Diploma in Bench Joinery or a Diploma in Site Joinery (depending on your specialism), both at Level 2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As a bench joiner, you would work in a joiners shop producing wood products, to given specifications, for use by the site carpenter, such as doors, window frames and staircases. The use of machinery in the production of products plays an important part within the joiners shop. As a site joiner, you would work on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, carrying out site carpentry to first and second fixing of doorframes, hanging doors, boxing pipes, window frames and floor joists. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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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.

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Course - Full Time
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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. It?s 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.

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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.

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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.

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Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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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.

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Course - Full Time
Level:
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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.

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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. It?s 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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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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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. It?s 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
Level:
3
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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
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.