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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
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    SCQF Level:   05


Please note, this course is now full. You can still apply for this course, but your application will be placed on a waiting list.

This course is for those wanting to pursue a career in the construction industry. It develop your skills and knowledge in various disciplines within the construction industry. You have the chance to learn from industry experts, with opportunities for site visits and work experience. You will develop practical skills in a workshop environment.

Read about Dean Anderson's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Introduction to construction safety practices, construction occupation practices and efficient construction practices
    • Practical subjects such as decorative painting, roofing, wall and floor tiling, carpentry and joinery
    • Emphasis on project work: design, plan and manufacture
    • Safety, communication, information technology, problem solving, team-working and numeracy

Why choose this course

The course gives you the chance to move into construction through apprenticeships in traditional crafts, and practical experience and knowledge relevant to civil engineering, built environment and construction management.

Entry requirements

This NPA is a progression from Skills for Work construction awards and preparation for construction programmes.

  • Have theory and practical experience at level 4 (practical woodworking or craft skills); maths level 4 and communication level 4
  • Where it leads

    Education: next level of study, such as pre-apprenticeship carpentry and joinery.

    Employment: apprenticeship in the construction industry.

Interview arrangements

If we want to interview you, we will email or write to you with the date and time. You should plan to be in college for up to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications or employment references.

The interview involves:

  • Arrival, welcome and course overview
  • Practical exercise in the joinery workshop, and short online aptitude test
  • Individual interview and the chance to discuss the course with two members of staff from the department

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.