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Construction Maintenance and Repair Intermediate Apprenticeship at Gateshead College

Course description

If you like making things and repairing them, enjoy working with wood, bricks, painting and generally all areas of construction, this could be an ideal career for you. They construct, erect, install, finish and repair buildings and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings.

This would be suitable for apprentices working in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, repairing or renewing wood products, plumbing, wall and floor tiling, decorating, bricklaying and plastering depending upon the routes taken in the qualification.

You will need formal qualifications to enter this trade and/or some on-site experience. If you have not worked in construction before, you could work as a builder's mate or labourer to get site experience. Once working, your employer may offer you training in general building. The best way to become a Maintenance and Repair apprentice is through an Apprenticeship programme.

You will need several skills including an eye for detail. You will also need good maths skills for measuring and working out angles. As a builder you’ll need to follow technical drawings and plans.

Course content

  • Masonry Trade Repairs
  • Painting and Decorating Trade Repairs
  • Plumbing Trade Repairs
  • Wood Trade Repairs
  • Tiling Trade Repairs
  • Roofing Trade Repairs
  • Plastering Trade Repairs
  • Erect and dismantle access equipment and working platforms
  • Develop customer relationships

Entry requirements

  • Ideally you should have 4 GSCE grades A-D, however support is available to those who do not.
  • You will also need to be employed within the sector. If you are not employed, however, it is still worthwhile applying to Gateshead College as we may be able to assist you in finding suitable employment or advise on another suitable course.
  • Advanced apprentices would also have to undergo numeracy and literacy tests, a skills test and an interview.


  • An NVQ assessor is responsible for visiting you in your workplace to assist you in compiling a portfolio of evidence. 
  • The technical certificate is assessed by assignments, project work and knowledge based tests whilst you attend the block and/or day release programme at the College. 
  • Functional skills are assessed by examination and portfolio. 
  • Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades may be exempt from completing the examinations and/or the portfolio.

Future opportunities

With further training and experience, a builder can become a building supervisor, building or construction manager, building inspector, technical teacher, estimator, building contract administrator or purchasing officer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016

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    • This 3000 square metre facility is home to all our construction trade courses such as plumbing, electrical installation, painting & decorating and plastering with dedicated areas for each trade as well as a modern café.

      The facility ensures students and construction industry employers can further benefit from the college's experience in delivering specialist training in green and renewable energy technologies.

      These include solar photovoltaic, solar heating, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, heat pumps, biomass and combined heat and power training - all designed to enable the wider construction industry to gain new skills to remain competitive.