This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement, or for electively home educated young people.
The City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in Construction Skills (601/0405/3) has been designed to give students an insight into different trades in the construction industry and is an ideal alternative for students who aren’t quite working at GCSE level yet. Students can develop occupational knowledge in three trade areas (Bricklaying, Plastering and Painting & Decorating) in our purpose-built Construction Academy, supporting progression into a trade specialism in post-16 education.
This course can be delivered over one or two years, in Year 10 or Year 11, and students will study at the Roundhouse (Hudson Building) for either half a day or a full day a week.
If you are home educated, you can also apply to study GCSE Maths and English with us.
There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in construction.
You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.
Students will spend time in the three trade areas and must complete the three units below to achieve the qualification. For each unit, students will also learn how to identify the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), tools and materials for each task.
Students are assessed through a portfolio containing photographic evidence of their practical work and supporting written statements. There are no external examinations for this qualification.
Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.
Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved, students may wish to progress to a Level 1 trade-specific qualification (e.g. Bricklaying, Plastering, Plumbing).
You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.
Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:
For more information, email the 14-16 team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.