What will my study programme include?
Vocational lessons – both practical and theoretical
English & Maths GCSE* (* if you haven’t achieved grade 4)
How will I be taught?
A variety of methods will be used to help you achieve: lecture, independent working & research, practical activity, games and quizzes, completing tasks in line with each unit, a variety of guest speakers, educational visits and a work experience placement.
The course is free to 16-19 year old learners. A bursary to assist with travel and day to day costs may be awarded dependent on circumstances. A dress code in the workshop is in operation and the personal protective equipment (PPE) you will be expected to wear is provided for you.
What practical units will you study in Level 1?
Producing a timber product – produce a frame from timber which will be yours to keep
Decorating household goods – up-cycle a piece of furniture using a style of your choice.
Developing home improvement skills – activities ranging from changing a plug or fitting a shelf, to assembling flat-pack furniture
Manual Handling – how to move items safely within a construction environment
Developing bricklaying skills – you will learn how to use the tools & equipment and the basic knowledge required to build straight brick walls
Developing joinery skills – You will learn how to use the tools, materials and equipment required to enable you complete a variety of joinery tasks
Developing construction painting skills – You will learn how to use the tools, equipment and materials required to complete a variety of painting techniques.
Developing plastering skills – you will learn how to use the tools, equipment and techniques required to plaster confidently
What theory will you study in Level 1
Health & safety and starting work in construction – practical free units, meaning that they will be completed within the classroom. All other units listed above will have some elements of theory, completed in the classroom setting with guidance and tuition being given throughout practical sessions
It is important you enjoy working with people and enjoy working as part of a team. You will need to be well organised, a good timekeeper or willing to improve these skills. You should have a keen interest in construction even if you are not sure which trade you want to progress in.