Enrolment 2024 – details here.

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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
Labour market trends

This chart shows some details about employment trends in the sector, and companies Nescot works with.

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’m really glad I chose Electrical. The course was hard at first, but the teachers are really good and you make so much progress. The workshops are great, and it feels like a good bridge between school and the industry.
Cameron
Level 2 Electrical

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I’m really enjoying the course, and I’d definitely recommend it. I’ve learnt a lot in the space of a year, and that says a lot about the teachers. The course is mostly practical, and you spend a lot of time improving your technique. So far I’ve done a window wall, ceilings and plasterboarding. It’s physically hard at times, but we talk about how to work safely.
Elizabeth
Level 1 Plastering

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I chose Carpentry and Joinery because it’s a really versatile trade – there’s lots of ways to specialise, and lots of different types of work you could do. My favourite projects are when we work on orders for people or companies. Last year we made planters for Banstead Village in Bloom, and at the moment we’re making two benches for a business in Epsom. It’s rewarding to make something that’s going to be used, and it’s good experience, too.
Curtis, Carpentry

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I knew I wanted to learn a construction trade, but I didn’t know which one would suit me best. Doing this course has given me the opportunity to try the trades for myself, and it also helps you understand how the trades fit together on-site. I’m staying at Nescot next year to specialise in Plastering
Luca
Level 1 Construction Multi Skills

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I chose Nescot because the facilities were so much better than anywhere else, and everyone I spoke to said it was the best college. I’m planning on doing my Level 2 here next year and then working on-site, and eventually I’d like to be a site manager
Kelsey
Level 1 Brickwork

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I’m really enjoying being at college. The teachers are really good at explaining things, and because they’ve all worked in the industry they can give you lots of examples. I have ADHD and I can find it difficult to keep still, so I really like doing a practical subject
George
Level 2 Plumbing