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Construction

We have large, well-equipped working areas with plasma screens and interactive, stop/start video tutorials. Linked workshops so you learn your subject alongside other construction trades and get to know how you fit together on site. Staff have years of experience in the trades with many having started out as apprentices before progressing to the highest levels.

Available courses

The Construction Department


Brickwork

Many of our past students have come up through the ranks to become site supervisors, run their own businesses or lead big housing projects.

Carpentry & Joinery

Most construction projects need carpenters, so the job can take you anywhere from homes and commercial properties to building sites. Skilled carpentry is crucial to new builds, restoring and recreating historical buildings and providing timber elements of complex concrete supports.

Construction

Sitting in an office all day is not for everyone. You may prefer a more hands-on approach – and what’s more practical than building things? Working in the built environment industries can give you variety, job security and opportunities to develop your own business or work on large-scale projects.


Electrical

Electricians are among the most in-demand construction professionals. Hi-tech tasks include transporting data along fibre-optic cables and programming computer controlled “intelligent” buildings and factories. Nescot will ensure you are fully-prepared to work to the high standards required in this industry.

Plastering

Get the practical and creative skills you need to do repairs and restoration work on houses and on large commercial developments like schools, hospitals and hotels.

Plumbing

Precision counts in plumbing, so at Nescot we train you to work better than industry standard. Nescot plumbing students work to + or – 2mm. On site you’ll often find a 5mm variation, so you’ll have the edge from the start.


What You Can Expect

Brickwork

Bricklaying isn’t all just about bricks and mortar. Before you begin building something you’ll need to know the best way to go about it. At Nescot we develop your ability to analyse, problem solve and make the correct decisions to get the job done right first time.Over 70,000 bricklayers are employed in the UK. (Construction Skills Network)

Carpentry & Joinery

At Nescot, you will learn from tutors with specialisms ranging from restoration work with organisations like the National Trust to working with architects on cutting-edge new builds. You will learn from experts in joinery, shuttering and moulding, and site supervisors on large refurbishments and new estates.The UK construction industry will need a total of 260,000 wood trades and interior fit-out occupations by 2023 (Construction Skills Network research - LMI).

Construction

Not sure which trade is best, our Level 1 Construction course provides the ideal introduction to the construction industry and covers essential skills in the following construction trades: bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, wall and floor tiling, electrical and plumbing.

Electrical

Electrical students learn on steel wired armoured cabling and industry standard RCDs and circuit breakers, and we teach you the latest conduit trunking and cable tray installation methods.

Plastering

Career prospects are positive with around 50,000 plasterers employed in the UK.The housing sector is predicted to grow by an annual average of 2.5% over the next three years. (Construction Skills Network)

Plumbing

Plumbers work in all kinds of industries. You could find a job designing plumbing systems for new buildings, deciding how to manage, repair, and expand water systems, or developing new plumbing technologies. Where there’s water and people there’s a need for plumbing, so our courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to help ensure you are never shortof work.163,000 people employed in plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning with 2,000 new recruits every year (Construction Skills Network research).

Our Staff

Our staff have years of experience in the trades with many having started out as apprentices before progressing to the highest levels.

Our Facilities

We have large, well-equipped workshops for each trade.

Progression

Brickwork

  • Bricklayer
  • Builder
  • Building supplies
  • Start your own business
  • Stonemason
  • Work for a small or large construction business


Carpentry & Joinery

  • Cabinet making
  • Finishing carpentry
  • Joinery shop
  • Maintenance carpentry
  • Roofing
  • Site carpentry
  • Start your own business
  • Timber yard worker
  • Work for a small or large construction business


Electrical

  • Appliance servicing
  • Commercial installations
  • Control systems engineer
  • Data/telecommunications engineer
  • Domestic electrical installations
  • Electrician or electrical fitter
  • Energy efficiency
  • Lift engineer
  • Lighting technician
  • Maintenance electrician (aircraft/motor vehicle)
  • Security systems
  • Solar energy
  • Start your own business
  • Work for a small or large construction business


Plastering

  • Damp proofing technician
  • Decorative plastering
  • Dry liner
  • Fibrous plastering
  • Rendering
  • Start your own business
  • Work for a small or large construction business


Plumbing

  • Bathroom and kitchen installations
  • Gas engineer
  • Heating and ventilation engineer
  • Pipe fitter
  • Plumbing
  • Start your own business
  • Work for a small or large construction business

Careers
At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.

Skills you will gain

Our construction students benefit from being part of a broad department and will learn about working with a range of professionals in the construction industry. Alongside the specific skills of your subject area you will learn transferable skills that will support you through your career including:

  • Health and safety
  • Communication and teamworking
  • Construction terminology
  • Organisational skills and planning
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Sustainability
  • Professionalism and self-development
  • Problem solving


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I knew I wanted to have a trade, because you’ll always be able to find work. Electrical appealed to me because there’s a lot of variety. At the moment we’re working on our circuit boxes in class, which is the foundation for everything else we’ll be doing.

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The best thing about Nescot is the teachers. The teachers speak to you with respect, and because they treat you like an adult you act like one. It’s a small group, so we can always ask for help if we need any. The facilities are great too – you’re working like you would in the industry.

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I enjoy doing a practical course, and working with my hands. I’m doing an apprenticeship at the moment, but one day I’ll set up my own business. The teachers are really helpful and they’re good at explaining new techniques.

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We learn about different types of plastering, and the course is really practical. The teachers talk all the time about how we’d approach a task if we were at work, so we’re in the right mindset.

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The teachers here are all trained plumbers, so they can tell you about how things work on-site. I started studying full-time and I’m now doing an apprenticeship with a big commercial company, working on a large site in London.

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