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Choose from a vast and dynamic range of construction courses at Derby College.

Whatever level you start at, there is plenty of scope to move up the career ladder in a multi-billion pound industry that spans the world.


Construction industry


Construction is one of the biggest sectors in the UK, employing around two million people.


In Derbyshire alone, around five per cent of all employed people work in building and construction.

From bricklayers to plumbers, decorators to electricians, joiners to plasterers, highly-skilled and reliable tradespeople will always be in demand to repair and improve our homes and businesses.

Meanwhile, large-scale building projects - bridges, motorways, hospitals and football stadiums, the list is endless - harness the expertise of professionals such as civil engineers and surveyors whose work can often take them around the world.

If you've always wanted to be your own boss, it's a sector where hard work and ambition can really pay off. More than a third of people in the construction industry are self-employed or run their own company.


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Now is an especially good time to consider a career in construction. Demand for trained and qualified construction professionals can only grow as the economy picks up.

Statistics also suggest that more than 30 per cent of the current workforce will retire in the next two decades - opening up exciting job and promotion prospects for those starting out now.

Construction is not just a job for the boys either - almost 200,000 women work in construction.

One of the benefits of a career in construction is that there are well-defined routes to professional qualifications that are recognised nationally and give you real credibility in the jobs market.


Construction courses

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Construction courses at Derby College include everything from pathway courses for school leavers wanting to learn a trade to apprenticeships and degree-level studies for the construction managers of the future.  

Responding to the industry's demand for higher level skills and the need for more cost-effective routes for students to advance their careers we have also expanded our range of higher education programmes in professional construction.

HNCs are available in Construction, Civil Engineering and Building Service Engineering.  

Our Foundation Degree in Construction Management - run in partnership with Nottingham Trent University - is going from strength to strength. It was the first in the country to gain accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building and has provided a platform for students to go on to full BSc honours degrees.





Construction at Derby College



We have invested heavily in dedicated construction technology centres at our Roundhouse and Ilkeston campuses - giving you access to industry-standard resources and equipment.  

On construction courses at Derby College you will be taught by staff who have extensive experience in the sector and a growing network of industry contacts.

We pride ourselves on our close collaborations with industry, which bring an extra dimension to all our courses - with work placements, challenging 'real-world' projects, guest speakers and special bursaries for students.


The Derby College Gas Training and Assessment Centre at the Roundhouse offers  gas training and plumbing courses to individual learners and those already working in the industry.


The Professional Construction Careers Academy based at the Roundhouse provides extra opportunities for professional construction students to learn from local professionals, take part in internships and gain valuable career advice from those working in the industry.


Jack Wood, professional construction student, outside The RoundhouseI am really pleased that the opportunities given to me through the Career Academy has led to getting a job with G F Tomlinson. This is the best of both worlds for me – working and then continuing my qualifications at College and I want to go right through to degree level which I can do here in Derby and then do my final two years at Nottingham Trent University."

Jack Wood, Professional Construction student and one of the first to get a job via the Career Academy


Brickwork Academy

The Ian Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy at Derby College is a partnership which brings the experience of a local bricklaying contractor to lead and nurture the future construction workforce.
With the upturn in the construction sector, the demand for a talented and experienced workforce at a premium, the Brickwork Academy will aim meet the need.

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