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Construction – Carpentry Courses at DCG

Good carpentry and joinery are vital to the quality of our everyday surroundings. These are skilled trades with excellent employment prospects – and Derby College is a great place to take your ambitions forward.

A solid start to your career

If you enjoy working with wood, there are endless opportunities to put your skills to good use. Carpenters and joiners are needed for everything from house building and shopfitting to restoring historic buildings and building film sets.

At Derby College you’ll develop your practical abilities, improve your knowledge of the theory, and gain the experience you need to make real headway in wood occupations. We’ve also teamed up with employers to offer apprenticeship routes into carpentry and joinery.

Is this you?

  • Interested in design and technology
  • Good at paying attention to detail
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Work well in a team
  • Good practical skills
  • Want to work in an industry that is always changing and moving forward

Getting into construction – Carpentry & Joinery

  • Full time at College There is a wide range of full-time Construction courses offered at Derby College, preparing you for jobs in wood occupations, painting and decorating, plastering, trowel occupations, plumbing and electrical installation.
  • Apprenticeships These are available with Derby College in many crafts such as brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, electrical installation and plumbing. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education To do some jobs in the construction industry, such as architect, civil engineer or quantity surveyor, you will need a degree, foundation degree or HND. You can study full time at university or part time alongside a job. Derby College itself offers a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment as well as a Foundation Degree in Construction Management.
  • Jobs You could take an unskilled job, for example as a labourer, as a step into construction work and do more ‘on the job’ training in the future.
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Construction – Carpentry – Course Listings

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Hudson Building
Start Date: 01/08/2024

Course Type: Apprenticeships
Location: Hudson Building

Course Type: Apprenticeships
Location: Hudson Building

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building

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Key Information

At Derby College we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So, in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry that you wish to enter. As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

As part of your studies at Derby College we offer a full range of assistance to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Discover our campuses and facilities here. Each campus page contains:

  • 360-degree images of our facilities
  • A location map
  • A list of courses that are run at the campus
  • Student Success Stories
To find out more about our Construction – Carpentry courses, attend our next course and career event or contact us on 0800 028 0289
Press the Apply Now button, that can be found at the top and bottom of every course information page and follow the instructions for the InTouch applications portal. If you are unable to apply online, contact Student Services who will help you complete your application form and will be able to help and guide you to make a decision on the course of study to meet your needs and ambitions.

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Construction – Carpentry – Success Stories

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Seamers – Employer


Seamers’ managing director Richard Latham

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Jordan Edwards

School Leaver Vocational

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