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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 3

Hours: 25.00

Start: 20/04/2020

Days / Times: Monday 09:15 to 15:15 and Tuesday 09:15 to 15:15 and Wednesday 09:15 to 15:15 and Thursday 09:15 to 15:15 and Friday 09:15 to 15:15

Tuition (£): 585.00*

Concessions: 225.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Employing approximately 51,000 people across the region, the construction sector is one of the eight priority sectors for our Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2, as well as a key employer.

An important issue for the construction sector in D2N2 is being able to  increase the workforce's skills through apprenticeships and other training.

Running over three consecutive weeks, this Level 1 course is designed to offer an insight into the skills required within the plumbing industry, providing you with the opportunity to develop the skills to progress to other trade-specific courses and secure employment within the industry.  

Entry requirements

You just need an interest in securing employment within the plumbing sector.

Course Content

The qualification for this course is the City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Construction Skills (Plumbing).

It comprises the following units:

  • Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction
  • Removing and refitting water-filled radiators
  • Bending and jointing copper pipes
  • Constructing combined frames

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a range of activities including:

  • written assignments / task sheets
  • practical activities

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The PPE required includes safety shoes.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

  • Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills
  • Level 1/2 trade-specific qualifications  

Careers

  • Construction trades - Plumbing

 

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Sean Bell

Sean Bell

Joinery apprentice Sean says College and work are a perfect

Apprentice joiner Sean Bell says Derby College and his employer Metworks are providing a brilliant environment in which to learn his trade.
Seventeen-year-old Sean said his parents and sister went to university and, from what they said, he decided it "didn't seem right to me." Instead, he looked for an apprenticeship. As he was "good at making things" and most of his exams were in design, he decided on joinery as a career.
Sean looked on the Government website and found that Derby-based social properties maintenance business Metworks was recruiting. He was taken on last September and has not looked back. He is working towards his Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery and goes to Derby College one day a week.
Sean said at both college and work "there's respect for everybody. You're treated properly, like a grown-up." Sean's job involves working on "doorways, fences, gates, kitchen windows...anything really." He said it was too soon to say which direction his career might take.
Derby-based Metworks was formed in February 2016 as the in-house maintenance supplier to Metropolitan, one of the UK's leading providers of affordable housing and care and support services. The company has around 60 in its frontline team, plus 18 management and back office support staff.
Managing director of Metworks Gary Collins said the business had a number of key social objectives which included "adding value to local communities." Sean is one half of Metworks' inaugural intake of two apprentices, along with apprentice plumber Emily Parnill.
Gary said: "They are doing really well. I think there is good liaison with my office and college, to provide proper validation of how they are getting on. I think it is important our college provider is local."
Gary said the business aimed to continue providing employment and training opportunities. Metworks planned to help inform young people on potential opportunities by getting trades people to talk to them at school and college sites. He said: "When you are young you really don't know what you want to do, so I think there are ways we can support people by giving them the information they might need. We'd like to think there are really good communication channels between us and the college."
Operations Director Ian Davies has personal experience in building a successful career from an apprenticeship – he started out 31 years ago in housing maintenance as an apprentice himself. He said: "Over the last 12 to 15 years I have helped develop perhaps 40 people into a more senior position. There is every opportunity, if we nurture and capture what we can in these young people, and the people who follow from Derby College, that they can develop further with Metworks and go on to great things."

The college work is as good as the work itself – I'm enjoying both. I'm busy all day, doing bench joinery, compared to the site joinery I'm doing at work. I'm getting to know the different sides of it. I'm meeting new people. It's good.


I decided to go into joinery because I like making things: three quarters of my subjects at school were design ones. I like everything about college. It's good, apart from going home at quarter to six! They can be long days. I'd really recommend an apprenticeship, you're straight away learning on the job and at college. It's the way I wanted it.


 

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