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Introduction to Construction Skills (Multi-Trade)

This programme is designed to give you an insight into some of the trades within construction and will allow you to develop skills in at least three different trade areas.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Brickwork
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

If you are unsure about which construction trade you would like to pursue – or would like to work towards more than one trade with a view to specialising later – this is the course for you.

You will develop skills and knowledge in your chosen trades while further developing your maths and English skills.

  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Lower grades may be considered. However, an initial assessment will be required prior to your full acceptance on the course.

You will also be required to complete an interview with a member of the construction team.

This is an introductory level course covering aspects of multiple trades. You will cover some or all of the following:

Knowledge of the construction industry:


·         Health and safety specific to bricklaying

·         Basic bricklaying skills and knowledge

Carpentry and Joinery

·         Health and safety specific to carpentry and joinery

·         Basic carpentry and joinery skills and knowledge


·         Health and safety specific to plastering

·         Basic plastering skills and knowledge

Painting and Decorating

·         Health and safety specific to painting and decorating

·         Basic painting and decorating skills and knowledge


·         Health and safety specific to plumbing

·         Basic plumbing skills and knowledge


·         You will continue to study maths in order to improve your current grade and better prepare you for your chosen trade.


·         You will continue to study English in order to improve your current grade and better prepare you for your chosen trade.


·         You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis and will cover topics that are beneficial to making you more employable. You will also have the benefit of receiving 1-1 sessions designed to guide you towards the highest achievement possible.

Character education

·         These sessions are designed to further develop you as a citizen in society and to better prepare you for the world of work, not just as an employee but also as a potential self-employed person.

Work experience

·         You will be expected to complete a minimum number of work experience hours.

Please note that you will cover a minimum of three of these trades but will not cover them all.

You will learn on-site, in the classroom and in the practical workshop. There may be some requirement to complete work online, but this will be kept to a minimum. This is primarily a practical subject, meaning you will be kept quite active while on the course.

While we make every endeavour to run programmes as advertised, we reserve the right to cancel those which do not enrol sufficient numbers to make them viable.

You will need to supply your own basic stationery, notebook, padlock, safety footwear, work trousers and safety glasses. 

You will be required to purchase and wear a uniform while on the course. This can be ordered at your course induction or details can be provided.

You will be assessed in a number of ways both in the classroom and in the workshop. As well as providing your completed work, you will:

  • Prepare a portfolio of ongoing training and assessment in both practical and theory work, which will be graded for quality and content
  • Sit GCSE exams
  • Complete a final project which will be assessed

On successfully completing this course, you will be able to apply for one of our full-time trade courses (Note that this will be subject to the entry requirements for each course.)

You may also want to pursue an apprenticeship, in which case you can apply to employers for a placement.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Painters and Decorators


Painters and Decorators

Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers


Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers

Stonemasons and Related Trades


Stonemasons and Related Trades





Other Skilled Trades


Other Skilled Trades

Roofers, Roof Tilers and Slaters


Roofers, Roof Tilers and Slaters

Construction and Building Trades


Construction and Building Trades

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 2, 2024 4:40 pm