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Construction

We offer a wide range of construction courses to help you progress in the industry.

Our construction courses range from bricklaying and DIY to construction in the built environment and carpentry, at a variety of levels. 

There are plenty of opportunities locally. There are housing projects, ongoing regeneration taking place in the centre of Weston-super-Mare, not to mention the imminent construction of Hinkley Point C, offering plenty of opportunities locally. 

Learn by doing. Along with covering any theory, you’ll get real hands-on experience in our workshops so you gain as many practical skills as possible. 

Regardless of your current skill level, we offer a range of courses to help you achieve your goals, from starting your own business to industry employment. 
 

Why choose us?

Links with businesses. We work with thousands of employers to give you the best opportunities when you are ready to leave us.

Facilities. Our South West Skills Campus offers a huge array of workshops so you can work on and perfect your practical skills. We have also opened a brand new Construction Training Centre, which focusses on: plant operations, scaffolding, and groundworks. 

Course content. Our courses are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.

Reputation. Our adult course provision puts us in the top 25% of colleges in the country.

Support. Our outstanding teaching staff are always on hand to give you the support and guidance you need.  

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Career opportunities

The construction industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK.

Currently, over 26,000 people are employed in the building and construction trades in the West of England - and this figure is set to rise by 14% by 2020.

There are a number of nationally significant developments happening in the Bristol area over the next decade. This means that there will be at least 15,000 jobs available in the region to people with construction qualifications, a number that could increase dramatically due to the amount of infrastructure projects happening in and around North Somerset.

The biggest growth will be in the plumbing and electrical installation sectors, which will see a big boost due to projects such as Hinkley Point C and the electrification of the main train lines between London and Bristol.

What could you earn?

Construction salaries are influenced by experience, role in the sector, the type of construction that is involved, as well as the geographic location. The following information is taken from the average yearly salaries of the 1,894 construction jobs advertised in the West of England in 2015:

  • Bricklayers and masons - £30,000 to £49,000
  • Carpenters and joiners - £30,000 to £49,000
  • Civil engineers - £30,000 to £49,000
  • Electricians and electrical fitters - £20,000 to £29,000
  • Other construction occupations (inc. plastering, maintenance, etc.) - £15,000 to £29,000

Local facts

  • 55% of the workforce is employed in manual occupations
  • 37% of the workforce is self-employed
  • More than 35% of people in the sector are their own boss running their own businesses

It's easy to apply...

You can apply online for any of our Construction courses in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

There has never been a better time to apply for one of our Construction courses - and if you apply now you can secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

Occupations related to Construction

 

Production manager or director in construction

Production managers and directors in construction direct and co-ordinate resources for the construction and maintenance of civil and structural engineering works including houses, flats, factories, roads and runways, bridges, tunnels and railway works, harbour, dock and marine works and water supply, drainage and sewage works.

Average annual earnings: £34,827
Employment in region: 3,451 positions
 

Civil engineer

Civil engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of civil and mining engineering structures.

Average annual earnings: £35,588
Employment in region: 1,665 positions
 

Electrical or electronics technician

Electrical and electronics technicians perform a variety of miscellaneous technical support functions to assist with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical and electronic systems.

Average annual earnings: £28,685
Employment in region: 722 positions
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What Our Students Say

Kevin, Plastering, Diploma Level 1


“I’ve always struggled academically and suffered a number of problems after leaving the army, so it was a huge achievement for me to gain this qualification. Weston College has helped me move on and I can’t thank the staff enough.”

Kevin chose to retrain after leaving the army and being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He says the support and guidance of staff has helped turn his life around and allowed him to start his own plastering business – Getting Plastered – which also raises money for injured army personnel.

What next? Kevin is now working towards the Level 2 Plastering Diploma at Weston College, while continuing to build his business.

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