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Women in Construction (Free) - Level 1


This FREE 12-week course is tailored for women who are considering a career in the construction industry or wishing to learn basic skills for household DIY projects. The course provides a range of basic training concentrating on the main elements of the industry in a small supportive women only environment.

Qualifications gained:

  • Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
  • Level 1 Diploma Construction Skills

Upon completion you will have the option to advance your skills by pursuing a Level 2 course in one of the main construction trades.

This course is ideal for women...

  • Seeking an introduction to the construction industry
  • Considering a career change or exploring opportunities in the trades sector
  • Interested in acquiring skills for simple household maintenance.

What our students say

"We learnt valuable skills for life, and I felt more empowered as a woman in completing this course!"

"It was a great way to socialise with women who also had similar interests and it wasn't a male dominant space which added to making me feel more comfortable."

"It was a fantastic programme that made entering a very male dominated career less daunting. It has now inspired me to pursue a career in plumbing."

"I would recommend any woman considering construction as a trade or wants to be more confident with their own DIY projects to join the this course."

"The ladies on the course and our course tutor were all lovely and we had so much fun learning together."

Start dates and fees

Start Dates

The course runs on Thursday and Fridays from 9.00am-4.00pm.


  • FREE - The college will cover the cost of training, test and the CSCS card (on successful completion of the course).
Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

Health and Safety (Level 1 Qualification)

  • Overview of safety protocols in construction
  • Understanding and implementing health and safety regulations
  • Practical applications in a construction setting.


  • Introduction to basic bricklaying techniques
  • Hands-on experience in brickwork construction
  • Understanding different types of bricks and mortar.


  • Essential principles of joinery
  • Hands-on practice with basic joinery tools
  • Building foundational skills in woodworking.


  • Basics of plastering techniques
  • Application and smoothing of plaster on different surfaces
  • Understanding the role of plastering in construction.


  • Introduction to tile types and materials
  • Practical tiling skills for various surfaces
  • Grouting and finishing techniques.


  • Basics of plumbing systems and components
  • Hands-on experience in basic plumbing installations
  • Understanding plumbing safety practices.

Painting and decorating

  • Fundamentals of painting and decorating
  • Hands-on experience with different painting techniques
  • Choosing colour schemes and applying finishes.

Entry requirements

  • There are no specific entry requirements to study this course.
  • Please note - this course is for women aged over 19 only (as of August 2023)

How long is the course?

12 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to undertake a test at the end of the course which demonstrates your achievement of all of the learning outcomes and course criteria for the qualification.

The qualification is graded pass or fail.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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0808 100 3626
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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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