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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

Joe Cooper
The course is definitely helping me gain useful new skills and leading me towards a successful future in construction.”

Level 2 Brickwork student Joe Cooper chose his course because he had always wanted to pursue a hands-on career. Joe, a previous student of Penketh High School, believes his course is equipping him with all of the skills he needs to achieve his goal of securing an apprenticeship.

Matthew Lake
I've learned so much and my tutor is excellent. It's a fun environment here and we get treated like adults.”

Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery student Matthew Lake really enjoys being practical and is thriving on his course. Former Birchwood Community High School student Matthew is aiming to boost his skills further by progressing onto an apprenticeship.

Louis Barrett
I'm learning a lot on my apprenticeship, and my college tutors are really nice and knowledgeable.”

Louis Barrett, Level 3 Plumbing apprentice, is completing his apprenticeship with Combi Doctor and gaining some fantastic industry experience.

Matthew Holmes

Matthew Holmes is completing his Level 3 Electrical Installation apprenticeship with IDEAL Electrical. Matthew says the theoretical study he completes in college complements his practical skills and helps him understand the scientific principles behind the work he carries out.

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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