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Maintenance Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship at Croydon College

Course description

This programme will give you a chance to learn about the different trades, materials and methods of construction. You will also learn about the different forms of construction and get to repair roofs, walls, ceilings, brickwork and tiles surfaces.

This course is ideal if you already possess skills in two or more of the following disciplines: carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, tiling, plastering, roofing or trowel occupations.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Conforming to general, health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace

The learning experience is a mix of classroom based theory lessons and practical workshops designed to help you develop the skills required in the industry.

At the College you will be learning in industry standard facilities such as workshops. In 2014, Ofsted described the College’s workshops as“spacious and well-organised environments, where students can work productively, using safe working practices.”

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE.

Course content

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Bricklaying will help you secure a work placement through Croydon College (if you don’t have one already) giving you the opportunity to continue earning while learning.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • The opportunity to spend one day a week learning new skills at the College and four days a week earning, while also gaining site experience to help you collect evidence towards your qualification.

  • At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a full Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Gold card, which confirms you have the correct training and qualifications for the type of work you carry out.

  • Internal carpentry competitions are held at the College and the winner is entered for the regional heats of Skillbuild (part of the Worldskills competition).

  • Visits to exhibitions such as Ecobuild and The London Skills Show, as well as local construction sites. Previous learners have visited the construction sites of Denne Construction and Lakehouse Construction.

  • Receive a qualification which is widely recognised both nationally and internationally on completion of the course.

  • Staff members have full teaching and assessor qualifications, as well as many years’ direct experience working in the trade.

  • The opportunity to show potential employers that you have excellent training and work experience behind you.

  • Careers support in terms of information, advice and guidance during and after the programme, from our dedicated Apprenticeship Team.

  • Great earning potential - research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their career than other employees (NAS, 2013).

  • Strong work skills - a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills survey showed that qualified apprentices score 4% higher on employability than university graduates (ICM Survey, 2013).

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, one being English or maths, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.


Assessment is a mix of College based theory exams, practical assignments in the workshop and observation in the workplace.

In the workplace, your assessor will assess you in a simulated construction environment, away from the stresses and distractions experienced by a real site.

The assessment process can be fun and you’ll have a chance to enter the College’s Apprentice of the Month competition and win a tablet, after receiving a nomination from your tutor. Nomination criteria include improved overall achievement and high grades.

Future opportunities

Progression from this Apprenticeship can be into full time employment as a multi-skilled Maintenance Operative or on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship in one of the construction trades.

You could also study on the BTEC Level 3 Construction and Built Environment course which can lead to any one of the following career paths: quantity surveying, site management, building surveying or facilities management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Croydon College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
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      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport