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Home maintenance courses

Home maintenance courses

If you’re looking to become handy in the home, want to hone your DIY skills with help from professional tutors, or are thinking about embarking on a new career path, our introductory home maintenance courses are the perfect starting point.

Taught at the college’s purpose-built construction centre, students can choose from brickwork, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing. Each course has been designed to give you the basic skills necessary to complete simple tasks around the home.

Courses are free for anyone providing proof of being in receipt of a qualifying means-tested benefit, otherwise the prices shown apply. Participants must be aged 19 and over.

Home maintenance – plumbing

This course will help participants develop some basic plumbing skills to enable them to carry out simple plumbing tasks at home, thereby reducing the reliance on a professional plumber for common problems. Topics covered are likely to include replacing tap washers, removing and refitting a radiator for decorating, fitting replacement taps and carrying out minor repairs to copper and plastic pipes.

Introduction to carpentry and joinery

Participants on this course will learn a variety of basic carpentry skills with hints and tips on setting-out basic joints, and assemble and finish components to form products to industry standards. The two-day course will focus on health and safety within construction, assembly of small scaffolding and trestle work, the reading and understanding of basic drawings, carpentry and joinery tool skills and working with various types of wood/materials.

Introduction to CAD (computer aided design)

Participants on this course will gain a basic understanding of the CAD parametric modelling environment, in terms of hardware, software and physical surroundings. It will explore the typical composition of a CAD parametric modelling system and health and safety matters that are associated with safe working practices.

Learners will be able to identify the standard work planes, create sketches on the standard work planes, create geometry within the sketch environment, use geometric constraints when sketching, display and remove geometric constraints, add dimensions to sketch to further constrain geometry and create construction and centre lines.

Home maintenance - painting and decorating

Participants on this course will learn a variety of decorating techniques, hints, and tips to achieve a high-quality finish when decorating at home. The two-day course will focus on wallpapering, including measuring, and estimating the quantity required, setting-out the wall, hanging lining paper and hanging wallpaper.

The evening course will focus on painting techniques including choosing the correct paint for the job, undercoating and glossing for a professional finish, repairing holes and damaged plaster, and preparing walls for painting.

Introduction to block paving

This course will help participants develop the skills required to lay paving or block paving to a high standard when landscaping at home. The content will include choosing the most appropriate product for the job, preparing the ground properly including the materials required, pros and cons of different products, estimating the quantity required, along with setting-out and laying the paving.

Introduction to brickwork

Participants on this course will learn a variety of basic bricklaying techniques, hints and tips on how to build a straight length of single-skin wall and batch and mix mortar and concrete. The two-day course will focus on health and safety within construction, assembly of small scaffolding, estimating ratios for concrete mixing, basic bricklaying tool skills, building a half-brick wall in stretcher bond with plumbing and levelling to industry standards, correct bedding of tiles and basic pointing skills.

Introduction to plastering

Participants on this course will learn a variety of basic plastering techniques, hints and tips on how to patch plaster, carry out basic plastering repairs and batch and mix plaster. The two-day course will focus on health and safety within construction, assembly of small scaffolding and trestle work, estimating ratios for mixing of plaster, basic plastering tool skills and working with various plastering equipment/materials.

Additional information

Dates, costs and times may vary.

Please note: Courses with few or no bookings may be cancelled prior to the start date, so please remember to book your place as soon as possible.

Call our community team to book a place 01623 413602

Contact us

Advanced booking is essential

For more information or to book one of the courses listed, please call our community team

01623 413602

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