There are so many career paths you can take in the construction sector. Whichever path you’re thinking of taking, we can help you to get started on your journey with a relevant course.
As a bricklayer, you’d be able to see the results of your hard work for the rest of your life. Our brickwork courses will teach you everything you need to know, from the craft itself to estimating costs and working in a safe, professional manner to an accepted code of practice. You’ll also be gaining valuable work experience.
If you’re not sure which trade is right for you, the following courses can help you to build skills in a wide range of areas. You’ll explore bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating and plumbing. You’ll also gain a greater understanding of what it’s like to work in the industry, and learn more about how to behave in the workplace, including keeping yourself and others safe on a building site.
You can use these courses to help you decide which trade to specialise in, or as a route to setting up your own maintenance or home improvements company.
Carpentry and Joinery
Are you considering a career as a carpenter or joiner? If you want to learn the essential skills required by the construction industry, and earn a widely-recognised qualification, then these are the courses for you.
Once you graduate, you could find yourself working on everything from staircases to timber frame buildings. So you’ll need to learn a wide range of essential skills during your time with us, including how to carry out first fix flooring, roofing, frames, partitions and stairs. You’ll also explore carpentry maintenance and second fixing operations, as well as learning how to set up and operate a circular saw.
Are you fascinated by how electrical systems work? If so, do you want a career building and maintaining electrical installations in machines or structures? These courses can get you started on your journey.
As you progress through the levels, you’ll explore a wide range of areas within electrotechnical technology.
You’ll be learning the principles of electrical science, as well as getting hands-on practical experience with electrical installations technology. You’ll also discover more about what life would be like out in the workplace, and what would be expected of you, including how to keep yourself and team mates safe.
By the time you reach the Level 3 course, you’ll have the basic skills and experience you need to progress into the workplace.
If you’re interested in a career in engineering, these courses are the perfect place to start.
On the Level 2 course, you'll explore the engineered world, and will cover several areas in greater detail, including mathematics for engineering, health and safety, and engineering materials. You’ll also choose other units based on your own interests.
Once you’ve completed our Level 2 Bricklaying course, you’ll have a solid understanding of the discipline, and be ready to deepen your understanding and gain even more skills on a Level 3 course or apprenticeship.
Painting and Decorating
As a painter and decorator, you’d be transforming homes for a living.
Our vocational painting and decorating qualification will give you the chance to build your skills through hands-on, practical sessions. You’ll learn everything from preparing surfaces and applying paint by brush and roller, to erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms. You’ll also explore specialist decorative finishes and a wide range of other topics.
These qualifications are widely recognised in the construction industry, so will set you on the path to a rewarding career.
Skilled plasterers are always in demand, and these courses will give you the skills and qualifications to set yourself up in business.
As well as learning how to apply plastering materials to interiors, and fix dry linings and plasterboards, you’ll explore the other key things you need to know if you’re to work as a plasterer. These include keeping yourself, and others, safe.
As you progress through the courses, you’ll expand your knowledge in a number of different areas, and have the opportunity to focus on either solid or fibrous plastering. By the time you finish at The Manchester College, you’ll have laid the groundwork for a successful career.
If you’re thinking about a career as a plumber, The Manchester College can help you to gain the skills and qualifications you need. You’ll cover all the basics of plumbing, such as hot and cold water supplies and sanitation. You’ll also explore the different paths you might want to specialise in, such as domestic heating, and gain a solid working knowledge of the industry. As part of your journey with us, you’ll discover what will be expected of you out in the workplace, and find out how to keep yourself, and others, safe while you’re working.
Once you’ve achieved your Level 3 qualification, you’ll be ready to get out and apply for jobs or set yourself up as a self-employed plumber.
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