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Construction and Trades

Are you the type of person who likes to rolls up their sleeves and get the job done? Well, you'll be able to ensure that any job is done to the highest standard if you've completed one of our apprenticeships in Construction and Trades.

This pathway is a fantastic option for anyone who wants to kick-start their career in timeless industry where having completed the right training and gain the best skills can open up many opportunities.

When it comes to the field of Construction and Trades, there are several different routes that you can go down. What are you interested in? We're sure you'll find a pathway that's right for you.

Be sure to check out our apprenticeships below, which can propel you into lifelong careers in the likes of Carpentry, Joinery and Electrical Installation.

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery (Site Pathway) - Level 3

The main differences between a level 2 site carpenter, and a level 3 advanced site carpenter are that the advanced carpenter has responsibility for managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work. Examples of complex tasks include curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work.

The occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers).

    Duration: 15 months


    • Level 3 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship
    • City and Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Fire, Emergency and Security Systems - Level 3

    Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technicians design, install, commission and maintain electronic systems in and outside simple and complex premises to protect individuals, homes and properties from risk and danger. Systems include fire, security and emergency systems to detect intrusion, provide surveillance, monitor and control access to buildings, properties and sites or to detect fire and emergencies.

    Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprentices' will take a professional approach to customer service skills which include being presentable, tidy and respectful as they can often find themselves working in and outside customers’ homes as well as in and outside business premises.

    Job roles include:

    Alarm, Fire, Emergency, Security Systems:

    • Installer
    • Maintainer
    • Engineer
    • Technician

    Duration: 36 months

    Qualification: Level 3 Fire Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Gas Engineering Operative - Level 3

    Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing and purging for industrial pipework. Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice and ensuring customer service excellence at all times.

    Duration: 18 months


    • Level 3 Gas Engineering Operative Apprenticeship
    • Registration with Gas Safe® Register for four appliance

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Installation/Maintenance Electrician - Level 3

    Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. They are able to work on their own proficiently and work without immediate supervision in the most efficient and economical manner.

    They may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials.

    Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs.

    Job roles include:

    • Installation Electrician
    • Maintenance Electrician
    • Electrician Technician

    Duration: 42 months


    • Level 3 Installation/Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship
    • Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance).

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician - Level 3

    Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.

    Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.

    Job roles include: Plumber, Domestic Heating Engineer Domestic Heating Installer, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Installer and Plumbing and Domestic Heating Engineer.

    Duration: 48 months


    • Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Apprenticeship
    • Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Bricklayer - Level 2

    Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector.

    Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures eg chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer may work one-on-one or on larger jobs where their bricklaying group (gang) may work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs as well as other trades.

    Duration: 30 months

    Qualification: Level 2 Bricklayer Apprenticeship

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Carpentry and Joinery (Site Pathway) - Level 2

    A Site Carpenter will prepare and install basic building components e.g. doors, straight staircases, wall and floor units and erecting structural carpentry and roof structures on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises.

    In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other construction trades such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management, architects, designers, contractors and customers. A Site Carpenter would generally liaise with other trades such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management and contractors.

    This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. The construction industry is central to creating the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure society needs. There is growing demand for carpenters and joiners to help meet the need for new homes.

    The broad purpose of the occupation is working with building materials (most often wood) to create and install building components. This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like partitions, doors, staircases, window frames, mouldings, timber floor coverings and erecting structural components such as floor joists and roofs. All work needs to be carried out safely, using the appropriate tools and to the quality specified.

    Duration: 24 months

    Qualification: Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Plasterer (Solid Pathway) - Level 2

    Solid plastering involves applying a range of plastering systems on to different background surfaces using traditional and modern materials. Background surfaces include solid plain walls, walls with openings and returns, ceiling joists and partitions and beams and piers that are attached or independent of walls. Solid plastering work includes preparing solid backgrounds by hand and mechanical means and installing sheet materials such as expanded metal lath/rib lath, standard angle beads, skim beads, stop beads, expansion beads and reinforcements for the application of one, two or three coat plastering or rendering systems. As a solid plasterer you would mainly be installing products on site.

    Duration: 36 months

    Qualification: Level 2 Plasterer Apprenticeship

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

    Property Maintenance - Level 2

    Job roles include: Maintenance assistant, Property engineer, Facilities assistant, Maintenance engineer, Maintenance technician, Caretaker, Janitor and Multi-skilled technician,

    The primary role of a Property Maintenance Operative is to optimise property condition and quality, and to ensure the building is kept in a safe working condition.

    Property Maintenance Operatives need to maintain a high level of quality, whilst providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, guests and team. They will understand the mechanism of buildings including electrical, plumbing, plant, safety systems and equipment.

    They will provide first and immediate response to fault finding, whilst maximising quality and ensuring cost effectiveness. They will ensure prevention of major damage that could result in extensive costs and minimise reactive intervention.

    Duration: 15 months

    Qualification: Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

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