One of the biggest and liveliest departments in the college, construction is also one of the most established. We have been training for the trades for over 50 years and we are one of the original departments from the old Ewell Technical College. What this means is that we have unparalleled experience of matching our training with the needs of local employers and long term links with trade and industry. We believe in working hard and playing hard and are a sociable, supportive team. We reward your hard work and you will have the chance to enter national skills competitions, take part in big charity fundraisers and enjoy social events like sea fishing trips to Brighton, paintballing and 5-a-side football.
In construction we are very proud of the quality of our staff’s industry experience. We believe that the variety and quality of the previous experience our lecturers bring to their teaching is hard to match in any other college in the South East:
The staff here can not only teach you the practical skills you need but can show you how to use those skills in the real world.
Our site at Nescot is large and equipped with well stocked workshops with group work areas and individual units. All the workshops are linked so you will learn your specific subject alongside all the other construction trades to give you an overview of how they fit together. We also have cutting edge facilities like specialist electrical testing rooms to ensure your skills are up to the highest standards.
Links with Other Departments and Organisations
Our Department is passionate about the place our skills have in the wider world. We run competitions sponsored by employers like Tucker French, Rothenberger and British Gypsum and we have speakers, demonstrations and workshops by companies including Conway Hibbs, Durapipe, Grunfos Pumps and Worcester Bosch. Because we work in the trades ourselves, we know that every student we send out reflects on our own reputation. We are proud of the fact that our students leave Nescot fit for purpose.
Your Education and Your Career
Construction courses at Nescot are designed to maximise your chances of success. All our courses lead to industry recognised qualifications and many contain extra certificates that will improve your employability. We are also proud of the amount of students that progress to the highest levels after studying with us.
Students go on to take construction degrees at the country’s top universities, or to our own cutting edge Gas Academy, where they can specialise in the latest industry sectors such as Energy Efficiency or Solar Energy courses.
Previous students are working at the highest levels in their industries, either running their own businesses or for companies like British Gas, London Underground and Smith & Byford.
- Ryan Crook
- Apprenticeship in Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Fibrous Plastering
I knew Nescot had a really good reputation for construction courses, and when I came to an open evening to have a look around the college I was impressed by the department. It's a big department, there's a lot of different courses and there's a lot of lecturers, so I knew I would be able to learn a lot from them.
I started a Level 1 CSkills Diploma in Plastering and progressed to Level 2, but then one of my tutors put me forward for an apprenticeship with George Jackson Ltd. They're a prestigious firm, and they're credited with introducing fibrous plastering to the UK. The company took me on as an apprentice, and now I spend one day a week at college and the rest working.
At work I get given jobs and bigger projects, which means I get to learn a lot of different things and really sharpen my skills. I've made enriched cornices, niches, piece moulds and fluted pilasters, and although I still have a lot to learn I'm proud of what I can do now. I work hard and I really love the job. My boss also put me forward for a Surrey County Apprentice Award, which is amazing.
The tutors in our department are really good. They've all worked in the trade themselves, and some of them still do, so they know what they're doing. They know the students really well, and they always have time to help you. I don't think lecturers always give their students so much time, so we're lucky.
I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship. When you're working in the trade there can be lots of right ways to do a task. Your lecturer at college will teach you the way they would do it, but then at work you could learn another which suits you better. You get the qualifications you need to work in the trade, but having all the work experience gives you a better edge.
- Matt Brash
- Level 1 Apprenticeship in Bricklaying
I didn't really enjoy school and I'd assumed college would be the same, but it's totally different at Nescot and I'm really enjoying my course. At the start of the academic year I gave my CV to the apprenticeship team and they helped me find a job. Now I do one day a week at college and the rest working as a bricklayer, but the college are flexible with which day I come in.
At the start of the course you learn about how to work safely and the basic theory of bricklaying, and then the rest of the year you combine practical and theory. All the teachers are trained bricklayers themselves, so if you've done something wrong they help you understand why it's happened so you don't do it again. We're treated like adults, and although the tutors give you all the support you need they don't do it for you. With an apprenticeship you get the best of both worlds, because you learn a lot in college and you get to use all of that when you're at work.
Since I've been at Nescot I've had a lot of support for my dyslexia. At the start of the year I had a meeting to find out how the college could help while I studied. I had help for the Functional Skills in English section, 25% extra time in exams and I also get support in lessons if I need it. I'm staying on at Nescot to do my Level 2 next year, and when I've finished I'm hoping my company will take me on full-time.
- Lewis Forrester
- Level 2 Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery (Painshill Park Trust)
I wanted to come to Nescot because it's got a really good reputation for all the construction courses, and I saw there was a very good pass rate for carpentry. I've always wanted to do carpentry, and the course has taught me so much. The tutors really know what they're talking about, and we have all the facilities we need.
After I'd studied full-time I decided an apprenticeship was the best option, so that I could earn a salary while I continued studying. Nescot's Advice and Guidance team helped me find and apply for an apprenticeship at Painshill Park Trust, doing maintenance and restoration. Now I do four days a week there and one day at college.
Painshill is an 18th century landscape garden, and I've worked on a lot of different projects including repairing and redecorating a Chinese bridge over a lake and helping the contractors restore the Crystal Grotto. I work as hard as I can and I do all my work to the best of my ability, and I'm really enjoying it. In college you learn one way of doing a task, but because of the type of work I do at Painshill I've had to learn different ways and skills. I'd recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, because it's the best of both worlds between getting experience and earning a salary, and learning the theory.