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Construction and Building Trades

Construction and Building Trades

Welcome to Construction and Building Trades

The construction industry is in global demand and moving fast! Everywhere you look something is being built, being fixed. But as the demand for construction increases, so does the demand for skilled workers.

We teach the most sustainable construction methods in joinery, brickwork, painting and decorating, plumbing and electrical installation in our industry-standard facilities. Our programmes also develop your business skills to give you the opportunity to become self-employed in the future!

Construction and Building Trades

“They went above and beyond for me and have even helped me to get my job with Scorpio Builders.”

Aaron Nicholson, former Brickwork student

Which programme 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 and 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. 

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 and 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/classroom
  • Electrical installation workshop



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!

Spotlight on...

The City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation

Whilst we offer a large variety of programmes and Apprenticeships 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?

Location: Olive Grove Campus

  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
  • Start date: September 2021

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. 

Example careers

Ever wondered how much an accountant is South Yorkshire earns? Or what skills you need to become a developer?

Electricians and electrical fitters

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Carpenters and joiners

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What Courses are available

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Painting and Decorating

City Campus
Level 1

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