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Welcome to Construction at The Sheffield College

The construction industry is in global demand and moving fast! Everywhere you look something is being built, being fixed. Look at Sheffield; the landscape is ever-changing with new buildings going up, old buildings being renovated and a city centre in the middle of a huge transformation. As the demand for construction increases, so does the demand for skilled, qualified workers.

At The Sheffield College, we teach the most sustainable construction methods across a variety of occupations. Our construction study programmes are based at our City and Olive Grove Campuses and include dedicated facilities with experienced tutors who have worked in the industry. At our City Campus, we have upgraded our carpentry, joinery and furniture making workshops to make sure that you are learning using the latest equipment. We also have a dedicated brickwork workshop next door.

If bringing a job together and applying the finishing touches is more your thing, you can practise painting, cutting in and wallpapering in our decorating centre complete with individual workstations. Alternatively, you could flex your creative skills with a sign-making Apprenticeship. This involves anything from making traditional hand-painted signs, to using CAD and 3D printers to develop eye-catching digital signs with an employer.

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The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation

Whilst we offer a large variety of Construction and Building Trades courses from Level 1 all the way up to university level, why not take a minute to find out a bit more about our Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation?

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: Olive Grove Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
  • Start date: September 2020


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Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your construction career! There are loads of different pathways to choose from, including Bricklaying, Joinery or Painting & Decorating. Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Construction study programmes.

What kind of work will I do on a Construction study programme?

All of our study programmes in this area contain an element of practical work experience, and our tutors also aim to introduce students to the workplace through study visits to local civil engineering projects, visiting guest lecturers and employer-set live briefs.

No matter which Construction and Building Trades route you decide to study we know that the business side of the construction industry is equally as important as many people are self-employed within trades. We will help you cover the basics of pricing up jobs, how to communicate with customers and the management of people to help you get off the ground.


Trips, Visits and Competitions

Seeing as many of our tutors have worked in the construction sector, we have a lot of connections with local businesses and employers in the industry. This means that you'll have plenty of opportunities to interact with those people who might be looking to hire you in the future! It could take the form of visiting guest


speakers, class trips to local building sites, competitions and project briefs set by employers or the opportunity to undertake some work experience with a construction firm. Whatever the opportunity, try to take as much from it as possible so that you can use it to your advantage when it comes to applying for jobs.

Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real-life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind of course you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the workplace in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and teamwork
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career


Our custom-built facilities are what really sets our construction study programmes apart. We have dedicated spaces for all of the key construction trades, including:

City Campus

  • Carpentry and joinery workshops (with enough floor space for life-size projects!)
  • Bricklaying workshop with individual work stations
  • Painting and decorating studio with individual work stations
  • Signmaking classrooms with CAD and large format printing machine

Olive Grove Campus

  • Fully-fitted plumbing workshop
  • Electrical installation workshop

Click on the tiles below to take a look around our facilities and explore them for yourself.

What can I do once I finish my studies?

With construction projects in Sheffield springing up left, right and centre, job opportunities in this sector are set to increase. In fact, over the next 3 years, Sheffield City Region is expected to see an increase of 400 jobs in the building and construction industry.

Not to mention the average wage for employees in this industry is over £30,000 a year, so there's plenty of room for progression and a long-term career for those who are willing to work for it!


Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC