The Advanced Apprenticeship within the Professional Construction Academy allows you to gain the technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the functional and personal skills, required for your immediate job and future career.
You will gain these skills through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.
This Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction follows a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of an approved framework.
You will need five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. You will also undertake a screening test during your interview at College. You should be employed in a relevant role.
You will be assessed over a two-year period via assignments, observations, practical abilities, witness testimonies and off-site competencies within the workplace.
You may need to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for when you are working out of College premises. The extra costs will be discussed with you during induction.
You can progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship, HNC or Foundation Degree or to any further specific training as required by your employer. Ultimately you can take your studies to degree level.
This programme can pave the way for rewarding careers in Surveying, Site Management and Civil Engineering.
Former apprentice plumber Dean Wain has his sights set on becoming an architect after Derby College lecturers helped him change career direction. Dean, 22, had seen architects on site and decided he would explore going down that professional route by seeking expert advice.
Lecturers helped him to get on a Professional Construction and the Built Environment course, and later encouraged him to apply when city-based architect Morrison Design was looking for apprentices.
Dean landed an Architectural Technician Trainee job, an apprentice role, and has also transferred to Derby College's Professional Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Extended Diploma. His long-term is aims to go on take Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) qualifications.
I really love it. I just look forward to coming to work; I don’t have that Monday morning feeling. I enjoy it here and I’d recommend anybody who gets the chance to become an apprentice to take it.