This programme of study will help you develop the skills needed to secure an apprenticeship in a specific trade within the construction industry. You will develop the skills required for your chosen construction trade and learn how to apply for your apprenticeship pathway. This will give you the opportunity to progress to an apprenticeship or higher level full-time programme.
As well as improving your practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study and enhance your life skills. You will also develop CV writing and interview skills which will help with your future career progression.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. Following a successful interview and initial assessment results, students will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of the trades. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme. Units will include safe working practices, communication skills and basic trade-specific tasks.
You will also cover maths, English and employability skills within the course to enhance your career progression.
Assessment is via observation of practical work. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed. Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear. A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.
There is the potential to enter an apprenticeship in the construction industry or to progress to the next level of study where you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level.
His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations.
Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category
Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final
I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.