Designed to give you experience of the various crafts available within the construction industry so that you can make an informed decision about which of the trades you would like to go into.
During this hands-on practical programme you will study:
- Carpentry and joinery - including basic joints, doors and door frames, architrave and skirting boards.
- Tiling - including preparation of surface, marking out, cutting and fixing, fixatives and grouts.
- Bricklaying - including setting out, all aspects of basic brick and blockwork and cavity walling.
- Basic electrical and plumbing installation methods.
You will be taught by fully qualified teaching staff who have years of industry experience.
Fast-track to an apprenticeship
You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.
Getting the Employment Edge
If you’re looking to work in construction you need to have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site. Gateshead College will help you become job ready by paying for all of our construction students and apprentices to complete the CITB Health, safety & environment (HS&E) test. We’ll also help you apply for a Construction Skills Certification (CSCS) Card, which is a requirement for all workers and trainees no matter your job role. On many construction sites you won’t be able to enter unless you have passed the HS&E and/or have a valid CSCS card.
Once you’ve passed the HS&E test you’ll be able to gain work experience with local companies to practice the skills you learn at college in the real world. Gaining this experience is ideal for moving onto an apprenticeship or full-time employment.