This course meets the needs of students who have secured an apprenticeship within the maintenance operations area of construction.
It allows them to learn, develop and practise the skills required for their employment. It also contributes knowledge and understanding towards the related Diploma in Maintenance Operations.
You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a construction or building company.
A GCSE grade E/3 or above in English and Maths, a Pass or above in BTEC Level 2 Construction or equivalent qualifications are desirable, although not always required.
A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.
Various trades within the construction industry will be explored, including brickwork, carpentry and joinery, and painting and decorating. Your studies will also feature mandatory health and safety elements. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed throughout the course.
You will complete College-based practical and theory assessments as you work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations. You will also build an NVQ portfolio of evidence on your site-based experience.
You will need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment.
You can advance your career in full-time employment within the construction industry and/or progress to a higher level qualification within professional construction.
Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life".
Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team.
Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college. He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades.
Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on.
Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance. He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days.
Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."
At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.
I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.