Worth £103 billion per year and employing over 2.1 million people, the UK construction sector is one of the biggest in the economy and covers all aspects of the building or improvement of structures like houses, airports, motorways and shopping centres.
There is a huge range of different occupations in the construction sector, including jobs as bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, decorators and plasterers.
Students are based at our Engineering & Construction Campus in Stevenage.
Our construction courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Willmott Dixon, CEC Electrical and Heat Safe Ltd
Opportunities to enter WorldSkills competitions to showcase your skills against the best students from around the world
Engagement with guest speakers from businesses like Willmott Dixon
Access to free training, tools and an opportunity to work in construction through dry lining specialist, Grays, thanks to NHC’s partnership with the Construction Skills Academy.
We offer a range of courses, at different levels, in some of the biggest occupational areas in the construction sector:
Brickwork: you’ll learn how to draw and follow building plans, use machinery to cut materials to size, erect scaffolding, as well as lay and damp-proof foundations for a range of different structures. There is plenty of variety in this trade - the work will take you both indoors and outdoors, up high-rise structures and even down tunnels.
Carpentry: you’ll learn the skills needed as a carpenter to cut, join, shape and construct timber structures such as floors, studwork and roofs and to install items such as skirting boards, doors, kitchen units and staircases. You’ll learn how to use and maintain a wide variety of both hand tools and power tools. You’ll develop and use a keen eye for detail and accurate measurement in the reading and producing of plans and drawings.
Electrical: you’ll work on many different small and large-scale projects from basic domestic circuits to industrial three phase circuits. You’ll learn how to install different cable types and containment including steel wire armoured, micc, conduit, trunking and cable tray. You’ll also learn how to inspect and test these circuits to industrial standards to prove they’re safe. You’ll study the underpinning theory that all electricians require including principles of science and in-depth knowledge of the I.E.T. regulations.
Painting and decorating: you’ll develop both your practical and creative skills to prepare, decorate and protect surfaces such as plaster, metal and wood. You may work on domestic jobs (painting, varnishing and wallpapering peoples’ homes), commercial projects (re-decorating offices and shopping centres), or industrial projects (applying heavy-duty, weather-resistant coats to structures like bridges and pylons).
Plastering: you’ll add plaster to walls and ceilings to give them a smooth, finished look that can later be decorated. You’ll also learn how to design and apply mouldings, cornicing and coving to enhance the look of interior spaces. You may work on new construction projects or repair work on existing buildings.
Plumbing: you’ll learn many of the key areas within plumbing and domestic heating such as hot and cold water supplies, sanitation and understanding health and safety within building services engineering.