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Construction Skills C&G Certificate Level 1 at The Manchester College

Course description

Are you considering a career in the construction Industry? If you’d like to learn the essential skills required by the construction industry and earn a qualification, then this is the course for you. 

This is for learners interested in working in the construction industry, but do not know which trade area to specialise in. The Level 1 qualification in Construction Skills is the perfect opportunity to develop practical skills needed by some employers in the industry, while giving you a taster of a variety of trades before choosing to progress into further learning in a specific trade such as bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, or plumbing.

On this Level 1 Certificate, you’ll cover a range of essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for work in your chosen area of bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, plumbing and also a mandatory unit on Introduction to health and safety in construction

As part of the course, you’ll be able to develop your functional skills in English and maths alongside your construction skills. This will help fully prepare you for a successful career in the Construction sector.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course, you’ll need to have relevant GCSE qualifications at grades D-G, but we will take into account any previous experience too. You’ll also be asked to take an initial assessment in English and maths, along with an interview, before we o


Throughout this course, you’ll complete a range of practical, hands-on assessments in the workshop to build up your individual portfolio. You’ll also take some exams covering health and safety, and questions relating to your trade area.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations.  For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills, you’ll have a good understanding and experience in your chosen trade area and be able to start your career in the construction industry. 

If you want to advance your skills and abilities further, you could continue onto a Level 2 Diploma with us here at The Manchester College. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 December 2018
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    • The School of Building is one of the north west’s top centres for construction training.

      The Manchester School of Building is close to Openshaw Campus.

      The centre has excellent facilities for training in:

      • brickwork
      • carpentry and joinery
      • construction
      • heating and ventilation
      • painting and decorating
      • plastering
      • plumbing
      • scaffolding
      • wall and floor tiling
      • woodmachining

      Other facilities at the centre include:

      • SkillZone with IT facilities
      • canteen

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.