Delivered in school years 10 and 11, this qualification is delivered through a school’s partnership with Derby College. The course is an ideal starting point for any School Student who wishes to explore a career in a construction trade. The course focuses on Health and safety and the planning of a construction project whilst learning some vital life skills in Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Brickwork.
An interview with staff from the Construction team will form part of the selection process. This will be supported by scored teacher assessments provided by the school. Applicants also need to demonstrate a recognised interest in the construction industry.
The course consists of three units, ranging from Health and Safety, Construction planning and practical construction work covering Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Brickwork.
The assessment process involves a practical assignment, a theory assessment and 1 online exam. With achievable grades of a pass, merit and distinction for all units.
Safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots are needed. Overalls must be purchased through Derby College.
With the successful completion of this course and the appropriate GCSE grades in Maths and English, progression to a full-time Level 2 Certificate in one of the construction specialisms is possible.
Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, it may also be possible to advance to an apprenticeship in a specific trade - with confirmed employment with a suitable employer in the sector.
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.