Skilled construction workers are in demand – particularly in the south west, which is home to a number of new developments such as Hinkley Point C and the houses that are being built in the area. Our outstanding range of courses are taught by experienced professionals in high-quality facilities, and provide qualifications that are recognised across the industry.

Here’s what we can offer:

  • Classes taught by lecturers with industry experience
  • Links with local employers, who are looking to give people like you a route into their organisation
  • Support available via your own tutor to help you succeed
  • All the benefits of studying at Weston College - including exclusive student discounts
  • Fantastic facilities including ...

Some of these courses are FREE, find out more here.

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Careers in the green task force

Here are just a few examples of job titles that have shown to be the most popular listings in the South West region within the last year.

We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

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

Working in the construction industry can be very financially beneficial, however in order to reach that, a high level of training, experience and dedication will be required. Studying our courses will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in your chosen area and help you have a successful career in construction. The huge range of courses on offer will allow you to choose the perfect course for you, including many options for Apprenticeships, giving you the opportunity to learn while on the job and earn a wage. Alternatively, if you perform better learning in the classroom, you could choose a diploma course.


What could you earn?

  • Bricklaying: £12,196 - £37,019
  • Plastering: £12,352 - £39,748
  • Electrician: £18,228 - £41,325
  • Carpentry: £18,010 - £39,600
  • Project Managers: £25,857 - £41,454


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.


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I wanted to learn a trade I could use to set up my own business so that I could work the hours I need to and have quality time with my family too.

I am now doing the higher-level course so that I can learn as much as I can, and gain as much experience as I can before I set up my business.

Plastering, Diploma

Engineering student in a practical lesson
"Weston College is equipped with everything I need to learn about electrical installation... Whenever I have encountered any issues in my studies, the staff have always helped me and shown me a solution that can be found."


Female construction safety inspector on site

<p>The field of Designing, Surveying and Planning in the Construction industry is a broad one, but highly important to the development of societies. The stages that go into construction require huge amounts of time and dedication, but ultimately results in great success!</p>

<p>This field is a great path to go down, and an increase in the workforce in this profession would be highly beneficial to the field, but one that includes more equality and balance would be a massive step forward for the reputation of construction. Construction is often seen as a ‘male’ job, and we want to help show that anyone, regardless of gender, can have a successful career in construction.</p>

<p>So, we want to present 5 reasons why this could be the perfect career choice for you, and kickstart your path in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning!</p>

<p>1.<strong> Important work!</strong> As previously mentioned, this line of work is highly important in supplying new homes and buildings for towns and cities as the demand increases, and pre-empting this demand with the planning aspect of the sector.</p>

<p>2. <strong>Keeping busy! </strong>This career choice will be demanding in terms of needing to be easily adaptable to picking up new skills, as it will likely be ever changing, and you’ll be expected to keep up with what’s expected of you. However, this will mean the job will not get boring, and you’ll always be kept busy!</p>

<p>3. <strong>Specialised qualifications to get you in the job!</strong> The courses, including <a href="…;, <a href="… Levels</a> and<a href="…; transition programmes</a>, are offered to both <a href="… leavers</a> and <a href="… Weston College. These courses are specifically designed to prepare you for this career choice, with a great balance of academic college learning for the theory side, and workplace experience to provide you with practical knowledge.</p>

<p>4. <strong>Specialise in your strongest area! </strong>After selecting which course is best suited to you, and completing the course, you will be able to decide which aspect of the sector is best suited to your natural skillset, and which you could see being your future career. Opportunities in the industry could include civil engineering, technical surveyor, architect, building technician, building control officer, town planning assistant and geospatial technician, along with many more.</p>

<p>5. <strong>Financially beneficial!</strong> Some of the careers listed above have great starting salaries, with the opportunity to progress and gain more qualifications while you work, for example a <a href="">degree with UCW</a>. The more skilled you become in your chosen sector, the more you will be financially rewarded! Construction Site Managers can earn, on average, £47,500!</p>

<p>Over <a href="">2,500 employers</a> who work with Weston College are looking to attract their future workforce and give our learners great opportunities to begin their careers. Work placements are often a great way to begin your career, so by studying courses with Weston College and undertaking work experience, we hope to make the process of securing a job smoother and easier!</p>

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<p>Earlier this year Weston College launched Constructing Lives Together in partnership with construction firm, Willmott Dixon, to support local adults in entering the construction industry and it is proving to be successful.</p>

<p>The exciting new initiative is something which is really benefiting the community. Not only are local people gaining the training required to enter the industry through short and sharp courses delivered onsite, but local construction firms are able to access a brand-new stream of employees – a well needed boost for construction employers, with the well reported skills shortages within the sector.</p>

<p>The initiative which is supporting people across the South West is being funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).</p>

<p>The free courses provide candidates with:</p>

<li>Re-employment skills</li>
<li>Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) certificates across a range of disciplines&nbsp;</li>
<li>Health and Safety in a Construction Environment Level 1&nbsp;</li>
<li>Work experience</li>

<p>One employer that has utilised the support of Constructing Lives Together, is Weston based Apache Construction. Director, Ryan Hedges, commented: “During the pandemic we lost some key workers, and we recognised that there was a gap in the market for reliable and like-minded staff. We got in touch with Weston College, who have supported us since we launched, and decided to get involved with the Constructing Lives Together programme.</p>

<p>“The programme has been fantastic for us. We have hired three people full-time in the last three months, all coming through the programme. Each recruit has been a real breath of fresh air for the organisation and are really supporting us with filling our skills gaps.</p>

<p>“It has offered us the opportunity to interview people practically, and has opened a brand-new talent pool, with our recruits hitting the ground running!”</p>

<p><a href="">Find out more about Constructing Lives Together, and how it can support you by clicking here.</a></p>

<p>Hear from each of the three successful Apache Construction recruits, in the video below.</p>

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<p>I am Kacey Allen, the Office Manager and PA to the director of Bespoke Building and Carpentry. We do anything from renovations and conversions to new builds, using the latest cutting-edge technology, tools and products.</p>

<p>Due to the pandemic, cost increases have created challenges for us, as well as the availability of materials decreasing, creating a huge issue in the construction industry, leading to delays in jobs and price changes to both us and clients. Alongside this, there was a shortage of skilled workers generally, meaning not enough carpenters and groundworkers for us. As we have two newbuilds currently underway in Weston and Wedmore, we definitely needed to increase the support in our workload.</p>

<p>With the help of Weston College and the <a href="">Constructing Lives Together</a> programme, we were able to take on some eager-to-learn labourers and give Bespoke the support we needed with the general labouring jobs in the team, to help produce top quality services and products, particularly in the newbuilds currently being worked on. Each of the workers had completed training in Health and Safety, Construction Industry Training Board, and Construction Skills Certification Scheme, as well as gaining re-employment skills – which has been really beneficial to us!</p>

<p>Over the next few months we will be engaging with Constructing Lives Together again to continue to build our team and hopefully fill the shortage of skilled workers and reduce the delay in jobs we were struggling with before.</p>

<p>We would definitely recommend this programme to other construction firms who are looking to recruit newly trained workers, as you can ensure they will be willing to learn and looking for experience on the job. Furthermore, this programme provides an effective process of finding if the individual is suitable and a good match to the company before making your final decision.</p>

<p>We are excited to see what the future holds for both Constructing Lives Together and Bespoke Building and Carpentry, and look forward to taking on new skilled workers.</p>

<p><em>Kacey Allen, Bespoke Building and Carpentry.</em></p>

<p><a href="">You can find out more about Constructing Lives Together by clicking here.</a></p>

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