Construction Courses

Carpentry and Joinery

 

Overview

The broad purpose of the occupation is working with building materials (most often wood) to create and install building components.

The level 2 apprenticeship provides you with extensive carpentry and joinery training, giving you a broad range of workshop skills and an insight into the kind of work you will be undertaking in the industry.

The level 3 apprenticeship involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner are able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

Apprenticeships Available

Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery

Level 3 Craft Carpentry and Joinery

Typical Duration

Level 2 – 24 Months

Level 3 – 15 Months

Career Progression

As well as ensuring a foundation level of competence as a Carpenter, this apprenticeship provides potential progression into Advanced Apprenticeship Standards in Carpentry and Joinery or secure employment as a site carpenter or Architectural Joiner.

Installation Electrician / Maintenance Electrician

 

Overview

This apprenticeship will train you to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments.

You are trained to work proficiently, efficiently and economically on your own and work without immediate supervision, in both indoor and outdoor settings. You may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials.

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will be required to adhere to safe working practices without endangering yourself or others

Apprenticeships Available

Level 3 Installation Electrician/Maintenance Electrician

Typical Duration

42 months

Career Progression

You may want to look for work in the industry, either in design or maintenance of electrical control systems, machinery and equipment, or you could progress on to a higher-level apprenticeship, and earn while you learn.

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician

 

Overview

You will develop the skills and knowledge required to plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and domestic heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.

This qualification covers accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and joining metallic and non-metallic pipework, making you competent to industry standards in plumbing and heating.

Apprenticeships Available

Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician

Typical Duration

48 months

Career Progression

This qualification can help you progress into supervisory job roles such as design and planning, and a wide range of roles within the domestic plumbing and heating sector including: heating and ventilator engineer, project development manager and Senior skilled operative

Gas Engineering Operative

 

Overview

Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing and purging for industrial pipework.

Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice and ensuring customer service excellence at all times. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.

Apprenticeships Available

Level 3 Gas Engineering Operative

Typical Duration

18 months

Career Progression

A qualified gas engineering operative could move into supervisory and management roles, with responsibility for a team of engineers. You might also set up your own gas fitting business, if you have a lot of experience.

You could use your transferable engineering skills to switch to working on systems powered by alternative energy sources, like hydrogen.

Groundworker

 

Overview

The primary role of a Groundworker apprentice is to interpreting design specifications to prepare a construction site ready for structural building works to take place.

Groundworkers are the first trade onto a construction and civil engineering site and they work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site ready for the structural building works to take place.

They continue their work throughout the construction phase, working with all on-site construction trades, such as bricklayers and plant operatives, up to and including the final completion activities of the project.

Apprenticeships Available

Level 2 Groundworker Standard

Typical Duration

18 Months

Career Progression

After completing your apprenticeship and with additional training you could progress into a variety of roles such as Construction Plant Operative, or progressing into a specific trade. With additional experience you could become a construction site supervisor.

Property Maintenance Operative

 

Overview

The primary role of a Property Maintenance Operative to optimise property condition and quality and to ensure the building is kept in a safe working condition.

Property Maintenance Operatives need to maintain a high level of quality providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, guests and team.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for performing planned maintenance and responsive repairs to properties, maintaining a high level of quality to the works they complete, providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, staff or residents within those properties.

Apprenticeships Available

Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative Standard

Typical Duration

24 Months

Career Progression

Completing this apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills will enable progression into roles such as a Technical Specialist e.g. Electrical or Plumbing and Supervisory and Management roles e.g. Facilities Management, across a wide range of sectors.

Construction Plant Operative

 

 Overview 

The primary role of a construction plant operative is to check, prepare and operate a number of construction machines (known as plant) that is used onsite in the construction sector including on railways, demolition and utility works (water/gas/electricity supply).

This apprenticeship involves the learning on four common types of construction plant and includes a 360-degree excavator, dumper/dump truck, forklift and ride-on roller. The ability to operate a core range of plant onsite will enable apprentices to work across a number of projects and provide the basis of upgrading to more specialist plant such as graders, dozers, demolition plant.

They will work alongside other workers such a groundworkers who directly help the plant operator by, for example, providing signals and attaching and detaching ancillary equipment. The plant operative however remains in principle ultimately responsible for the execution and completion of the tasks they are undertaking.

Apprenticeships Available 

Level 2 Construction Plant Operative

Typical Duration 

15 Months

 Career Progression

After completing this apprenticeship, with additional experience and training, you could progress into construction site supervision, site estimating or work in plan hire and equipment sales.  You might become a supervisor or coordinator which involves choosing the right machinery for jobs and assessing new equipment.

Construction Support Technician

 

 Overview 

This occupation is found in and throughout the construction and built environment sector, including construction contracting and associated supply chain subcontractors. Construction Contracting Operations Technicians operate in a range of settings including estimating, planning, buying, site, quantity surveying and design and build roles. Site and office environments include industrial, commercial, residential, refurbishment, heritage, retail and public sector projects. They may be employed by large contracting organisations such as major national housebuilding contractors and civil engineering contractors, as well as a significant number of small and medium sized contractors and subcontractors such as building services companies, insulation contractors, groundworkers, roofing companies, plasterers and decorators together with a host of other specialised construction areas.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting construction contracting teams with the inputting and progression of digital project information linked to resources using industry standard and specialist software in office and site environments. They will develop key information and enhance timely interaction with professional site and technical teams from internal and external organisations, linked to projects either at development, construction or maintenance phases.

Apprenticeships Available 

Level 3 Construction Support Technician

Typical Duration 

24 Months

 Career Progression

Buying and procurement technician, Contracting quantity surveying technician, Contracting site technician, Estimating technician, General construction contracting operations technician, Planning technician.

Construction Site Supervisor

 

Overview

The occupation covered by this standard is Construction Site Supervisor and typical job titles can include: Assistant Site Manager, Assistant Supervisor or Construction Site Supervisor. In the case of SME construction companies the roles are likely to include Site Manager or Site Supervisor. They are associated with the supervision of specialist contractors and workers on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices.

The main duties and tasks of a Construction Site Supervisor are:

  • Supervision of specialist contractors
  • The control of health and safety standards on construction projects
  • Recording, control and reporting of progress on a construction project
  • The minimisation of the environmental impact of construction projects
  • Control of quality of works on a construction project
  • Assisting commercial staff with the monitoring of costs on a construction project

Apprenticeships Available

Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Standard

Typical Duration

36 months

Career Progression

Completing this apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills and with some experience will enable progression into roles such as contract management or move into general construction management.

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