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.
Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life". Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team. Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college.
He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades. Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on. Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance.
He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days. Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."
At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.
I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.