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WACC Construction and Green Skills Academy at Walsall Adult & Community College

Course description

WACC Pre-Apprentice Academies are designed with and by employers to get you ready for any apprentice opportunities.


A Pre-apprentice Academy programme offers 25 weeks of job-related training plus at least 4 weeks working with an employer in their company or on-site for work experience.

During the training you develop the basic technical skills in a specific job area as well as the wider skills employers want. This includes English, maths, ICT, time-keeping, teamwork, problem solving, presentation skills and interview techniques to get you work ready.

If you are a school leaver or unemployed when you join our Pre-apprentice Academy Programme, you will continue to claim all benefits to which you are entitled. Plus fantastic incentives and additional financial support through a FREE travel pass, FREE lunch, FREE work wear, course equipment and a FREE Netbook.

All you need to do is have excellent attendance, work hard on developing your skills and attitude for employment.

Course content

This course offers you the opportunity to learn about construction and Employability skills. This will provide you with a foundation across all the areas involved in Construction. This course covers areas from Brickwork, plastering, site & bench joinery and plumbing.

This course is a full-time course and you will get a training allowance to support you. You will also be given a bus pass to cover all transport costs and you will be given a notebook laptop on completion of the course subject to attendance and achievement.

This course is offered at our site at WACC Hawbush Centre We will also use a range of practical facilities off-site (WHG skills centre and Frank F Harrison, Leamore Lane) You will have 3 days of practical lessons during this course.

You will have the opportunity to gain a level 1 Diploma in Basic Construction, Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English and a Level 1 Award in Employability. Your Maths and English will be delivered in a Sports-based way. There may also be an opportunity for you to complete the CSCS Health & Safety Card  


Entry requirements

To gain entry onto this course you need to be working at Entry 3 in both Maths and English.  To succeed on the course you will need to attend regularly and actively participate in learning activities in class.


To apply for this course you will be assessed to attend an information day to find out more about the course. If you decide you would like to apply our helpful guidance staff will be on hand to support you through the application process.


Financial information

This course is FREE for anyone age 16-18 years old and 18 -24 years old if you are inreceipt of a means tested benefit.


There is also an attractive package of incentives and financial support available:

  • FREE travel pass
  • FREE lunch
  • FREE Workwear
  • FREE Netbook
  • Weekly allowance

Future opportunities

You may wish to progress on to an apprenticeship, further training or look to gain employment in the Construction industry.

Support will be available whilst on course and after the end of your course to help you progress into employment or further training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walsall Adult & Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 25 weeks
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  • Number of planned places: 18


  • More information
    • Walsall Adult and Community offer learning that is local to you - only a walk, bus or bike ride away. Our two main learning centres are at Hawbush Centre in Leamore and our Whitehall Centre in Caldmore - both at the heart of the community.

      You will find both centres a mature, warm and comfortable learning environment, well supported with ICT and specialist learning facitilites to support your learning journey.