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Introduction to Construction (Foundation) - Entry Level 3


Welcome to the exciting world of construction! The construction industry is an essential part of our society, creating amazing buildings and spaces that connect communities, improve lives, and provide countless job opportunities. In fact, it's one of the largest sectors in the UK economy, employing over 3.1 million people, which is more than 9% of the entire UK workforce.

West Notts College has strong connections with industry leaders and employers who are constantly growing. We collaborate closely with renowned companies like Persimmon Homes, Wilmott Dixon, Galliford Try, as well as local authorities such as Mansfield District Council, Bolsover District Council, and Ashfield Town Council.

This beginner's course has been specifically designed to equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive in the construction field. Whether you're planning to pursue further studies at a higher level, embark on an exciting apprenticeship, or jump straight into full-time employment, this course will prepare you for your chosen pathway within the industry.

Throughout the year, we offer a range of engaging trips and visits in collaboration with our industry partners. You'll have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and insights, working alongside professionals in the field. Additionally, our industry partners frequently provide guest speakers, exciting industry-based projects, and even individual program sponsorship, ensuring you receive comprehensive and valuable training.

Located in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, our dedicated construction centre boasts top-of-the-line facilities in the sector. With practical areas and classrooms in close proximity, you'll have the perfect environment to refine your specialist skills and techniques relevant to your chosen trade. This hands-on experience will give you a competitive edge, making you job-ready and highly sought-after by prospective employers.

Join us on this remarkable journey into the world of construction and unleash your full potential in this dynamic industry.

Start dates and fees

  • Uniform and PPE must be purchased in advance.
Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20242901A1657FREE£500.00Apply

What will I study?

During the course you will develop your skills for working life and a range of industry-based skills:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Plastering
  • Working with others
  • Communication skills

You will be expected to study Functional Skills English and maths throughout your programme of study.

You will predominantly study via practical sessions although theory sessions will also be included. You will have the opportunity to participate in extensive enrichment activities, such as industry and community-based projects, as well as trips and visits.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 1 including English and maths.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical assignments
  • Theory based project work.

Career opportunities

There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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