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Construction & Construction Trades

Our construction courses are perfectly suited to those who enjoy being hands-on and can see themselves pursuing a very active, practical career. Whether you are brand-new to the industry or are already employed within this thriving sector, our courses will develop your practical skills and underpinning knowledge to help set you on the path to success.

Trips and visits

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of educational trips to enhance their learning. You may visit local and national companies such as Vinci Construction and Metsa Construction, as well as experiencing exciting events such as UK Construction Week, the UK's largest built environment event.

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Higher Education Learner

Our HNC course in Construction & The Built Environment is suitable for students who already have a relevant qualification and are looking to build upon their existing skill set. Covering problem solving, design, and planning and building, this course prepares students to enter or advance in the construction industry.

Meet our students

Ryan Lawrence

I have a lot of fun on my course. Everyone is friendly and my tutor is great at explaining things. I am learning lots of new skills to set me up for the future."

Ryan Lawrence is a former Padgate Academy pupil who is enjoying expanding his knowledge and techniques through the hands-on, practical learning that this course supports.

Ryan looking forward to progressing onto Level 3 Brickwork before progressing on to a successful career in the construction industry.

Matt Nash

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn and learn at the same time. What I learn in college ties in with what I am doing in the workplace."

Level 2 Site Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice Matt Nash decided to enroll onto an apprenticeship after deciding that university was not the right pathway for him.

Having always enjoyed learning in a practical way, Matt looked for a route that would suit this. Now he working for Emerald Bay and is looking forward to progressing onto the level 3 apprenticeship very soon.

Leon Berry

Each day there is something new that keeps the course fun and engaging. My tutor takes the time to explain things really well."

Leon Berry, a former pupil of Beamont Collegiate Academy, was always interested in the electrical trades sector and enjoys practical work.

He feels that the skills and knowledge that he is learning on the course will definitely help him to secure an apprenticeship, accelerating his future career plan.

Ryan Mc Farlane

The best thing about studying here is how down to earth everyone is. I am gaining so many new skills through both my course and the social aspects of the college!"

Former St John Fisher Catholic High School pupil Ryan McFarlane says his course and tutors are helping him to prepare for progression to an apprenticeship in plumbing.

After that, Ryan is keen to go on and study higher qualifications with the aim to work for himself and have his own business in the future.

Meet our tutors

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Brickwork Tutor Chris Bennett has been teaching at the college for a year and is enjoying sharing his skills with his students. Chris completed his own level 2 and level 3 brickwork apprenticeships with Warrington & Vale Royal College before gaining 17 years industry experience with a range of local and national employers.

Ben Whitfield

Ben Whitfield

Ben Whitfield, Curriculum Manager for Construction, has been teaching at the college for 15 years. Prior to this, Ben completed an apprenticeship and gained extensive industry experience in the Wigan area. Ben has also completed a HNC Construction & The Built Environment alongside his teaching. Ben loves teaching at the college and says it's fantastic to see his past students achieve success and even take on apprentices of their own.

Steve Mc Gowan

Steve McGowan

Steve McGowan has taught at the college for three years and has extensive domestic and commercial plumbing experience. Steve has also spent three years as a technical trainer for a well-known utility company, teaching engineers how to install smart meters.

Paul Hyland

Paul Hyland

Paul Hyland is Subject Leader for Electrical Installation, with over 30 years of industry experience. He has worked on a range of domestic and commercial projects, including work at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Paul has taught at the college for 13 years and says his favourite part of his job is seeing students complete their course and achieve their career goals.

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