Certificate in Construction Skills

West Highland College UHI


Fort William Campus, Portree Campus


The construction industry is booming in the West Highlands. Do you want to be part of that success story in the future?

Our course offers you practical experience in the different sectors of the industry, each delivered by practising tradespeople. So try your hand at bricklaying, roofing, electrics, joinery etc. By working on these different specialities over the year, you will be in a position to make an informed choice about which one you prefer and wish to continue through either employment, possible apprenticeship or further college training.

You do not need any experience to join us but we know you will gain plenty through practical sessions, sharing years of work experience with our lecturers, learning from others in the class and making the most of our purpose built and well-equipped construction rooms.

You will have the chance to take industry certificates: Health and Safety (IOSH), CSCS Card and Access Platforms (safe use). You will also be supported in a two week work placement where youcan put your new skills in to practise.

You will also study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. Each will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying, be relevant at all times and will enable you to move on with confidence when you leave college.

Entry Requirements

You should be generally fit and able to work at SCQF Level 4 or 5. You will attend for interview.

Progression Routes

Career progression includes apprenticeships in the construction industry, labouring positions, self-employment and progression onto higher education studies within the construction industry.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

34 weeks


Energy, Engineering and Construction

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

Landscape Architecture

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