Delivered at Entry Level 3, this multi-trade course is aimed at students in school years 10 and 11 who are thinking of a career in the construction industry. It is designed to give them an insight into different construction trades.
The programme represents an exciting opportunity to develop specialised occupational knowledge and undertake practical tasks in three different trades in our state-of-the-art Construction Academy. This experience can then support progression into post-16 education in a single specialism.
An interview with staff from the Construction team will form part of the selection process. Applicants need to demonstrate an interest in investigating the construction industry as a potential future career route.
The City & Guilds 6219 E3 programme is a practical based course and all lessons are set within the workshop environment.
Each student will experience a period of time within the brickwork, plastering and decorating trades and complete modules in:
The majority of assessments are practical and they are supported by written evidence in the form of a portfolio.
Safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots are required. Overalls must be purchased through Derby College.
With the successful completion of this course and the appropriate GCSE grades in Maths and English, progression is possible to a full-time Level 1 Certificate in one of the construction specialisms.
Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, it might be possible to progress to an apprenticeship in a specific trade - with confirmed employment with a suitable employer in the sector.
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.