Is the course for me?
This is a 12 week, course aimed at people who are over the age of 18 and are unemployed. You will attend on 2 days per week.
The first 10 weeks of the course are College based where you will work towards your qualification, and follow the same pattern as the Schools programme.
The second 2 weeks will be work experience. You will take the skills you have acquired whilst at College, and use them to gain on-site work experience. The course will also prepare you, and enter you in for, your CSCS card Health and Safety test. Once you have the CSCS card, it will allow you to go and work on-site.
What does the course involve?
Plumbing: You will learn how to use compression plumbing fittings, how to bond copper pipe by soldering, and how to connect a plastic waste system.
Carpentry: You will learn how to use basic hand tools, skirting, and other various practical projects.
Painting and Decorating: You will learn basic painting skills including; painting a window frame; and applying emulsion to a wall using a roller.
Theory: There is also a course content book that needs to be completed before the course ends. This is all theory work, but is based on your knowledge of the practical elements of the course.
How will I learn?
Group and individual study
On-site work experience
The course consists of practical assessments as well as written assignments, which consolidates the knowledge gained during both group and individual study.
What will I need for this course?
You will need to have completed the one week 'Taster' course, which is a 5 day, full-time course. It will introduce you to some of the projects undertaken in the 16 week course. This will then lead to a selection process.
You will need to have your own stationary, including 2H and 3H pencils and other writing and drawing equipment. The College will provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) where required, and protective footwear.
What options are open to me if I successfully complete the course?
This is a nationally recognised qualification that will help you seek employment or further training in your chosen craft area.
ICA(Intermediate Construction Award) courses are also available in Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing, Painting and Decorating, Wet & Dry Trades, Plumbing and Electrical Installation.
What experience or qualifications do I need to get onto the course?
There are no specific requirements/qualifications needed to get onto the course.
The most important things to have are enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, good timekeeping.
Length and start date of course?
The course is 12 weeks long, at 2 days per week.