Construction is the largest industry in Britain, employing around 2 million people. It employs people in over 20 different craft trades from bricklaying to wall and floor tiling.
Glasgow's successful bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the £3 billion Scottish Transport Investment programme, combined with the knock-on effect of building work for the 2012 Olympics will mean increased demand for construction workers. Employment is expected to grow in Scotland between now and 2012.
Construction Crafts offer good opportunities for those who enjoy:
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college.
This course will give you practical experience in several different trades, for example: brickwork, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, and plumbing.
The course is made up of eight half units, each one taking 20 hours of study. You take five compulsory and three optional half units.
The compulsory half units are:
The optional units are
You will learn about:
Where will I take the course?
You will usually train at a local college. Training sessions will take place for a set number of hours and weeks during term time.
You will have to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on this course, for example: safety footwear (boots or shoes with steel toe caps), safety glasses and a boiler suit or overalls.
Due to health and safety requirements it is not normally possible to arrange a construction work experience placement for young people. However, where possible, you may be able to visit sites or construction companies.
Assessment will be based on a range of practical workshop activities in real or simulated workplace settings. Tutors will observe and keep records of your work. Some assessment may be done online using an e-portfolio system.
You may be able to progress to:
Further study, training or employment in: