The Advanced Apprenticeship within the Professional Construction Academy allows you to gain the technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the functional and personal skills, required for your immediate job and future career.
You will gain these skills through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.
This Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction follows a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of an approved apprenticeship standard.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a Professional Construction career role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
The Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in many of the units taken. Those accepted on the course with grade 5 (C), who have not undertaken the higher tier GCSE maths paper, are strongly advised to self-study and understand the higher tier GCSE paper content prior to starting.
You will study:
The programme uses various assessment methods.
The Level 3 BTEC includes written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other methods. Unlike many other programmes at this level, the course utilises ‘problem-based learning’ teaching methods which create a student-focused learning environment.
As part of your work-based apprenticeship standard, you will also be assessed via observations, practical ability, witness testimonies and off-site competencies within the workplace. In addition, there will be a final ‘end point assessment’ which shows you are capable within your industry role.
You will be provided with an equipment list during induction, which will include ‘technical drawing equipment’. The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists.
You will also be required to wear appropriate clothing (dress code) which will be suitable for general industry office wear. This will be smart trousers/skirt, shoes and smart shirt/blouse/dress. Alternatively, you can wear a company uniform if you have one (depending on your employer). Jeans, tracksuits, trainers etc. and other casual wear are not permitted.
You can progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship, HNC or Foundation Degree or to any further specific training as required by your employer. Ultimately you can take your studies to degree level and beyond.
This programme can pave the way for rewarding careers in building or quantity surveying, site management, project management, estimating or buying and a few other construction-related disciplines.
A commercial manager with housebuilder Avant Homes says the foundations of his career were laid as a joinery apprentice on day release with Derby College. Joe Evans, 28, from Belper, now leads a team of 10 and his work covers an area stretching from Chesterfield down to Milton Keynes. Joe joined Avant from Barratt Homes, where he was a senior quantity surveyor, having started there as a joinery apprentice on day release at Derby College.
He switched to the National Certificate in Construction, while working as a trainee quantity surveyor, and went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course.
Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, Joe was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded first class honours degrees. Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and, he praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.
At the moment, I'm on advanced management programmes with Avant, so I'll see where they lead. My joinery side was the basis of where my construction knowledge began. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.