You should have a Level 1 construction craft qualification or GCSEs at grade D or above: English, Maths, Science and Design and Technology are desirable. You will have an interview and aptitude test.
Assessments involve observation of practical work in College and the workplace, as well as written and computer-based knowledge exams.
You should provide Personal Protective Equipment. You may be entitled to financial support depending on your circumstances.
You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship in your chosen craft area or to other professional qualifications.
You can continue to develop your career as a construction operative.
Mother-of-two Angela Ward returned to Derby College to study painting and decorating with a clear goal in mind – to set up in business.
With skills and qualifications under her belt, she is now planning to launch her own venture decorating children’s bedrooms with bespoke artwork and murals.
Angela had previously worked with elderly people as a carer before giving up her job to bring up her children. But she was determined to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, so enrolled at College as a mature learner.
Her high quality work, dedication and professional approach earned her the Construction Built Environment prize, sponsored by Bowmer & Kirkland, at our 2014 Peak Awards.
It has been a struggle to juggle College and home life but I have loved every minute of it. The Peak Awards were a lovely way to finish my Derby College experience.