Clacton Construction Skills Centre

About the Construction Skills CentreBuild a Better CareerBricklayingPlasteringWall and Floor TilingKitchen Fitting

An exciting new addition to the existing training facilities at Colchester Institute’s Clacton Campus, the centre will provide a range of benefits to support local economic growth. In an initiative supported by Essex County Council and sponsored by Phelan Construction, the Construction Skills Centre will deliver unique construction trade programmes specifically for adult learners in the Tendring District; providing direct support to local businesses, including growing the talent pool of local skilled labour.

The centre will deliver construction skills programmes for adult learners in the Tendring District, providing a range of benefits to support local economic growth including.

  • Training opportunities in a variety of construction trades including plastering and tiling.
  • Industry-relevant City & Guilds qualifications
  • Opportunity to gain CSCS card

The centre will enable the college to train hundreds more adults and young people for careers in the construction industry. Adult students already employed in relevant industries will benefit from the facilities through training organised for employers which in the past they may have had to travel some distance to access. Industry standard equipment will ensure that students receive the vital practical training – as well as the right qualifications to start successful careers, which include traditional City and Guilds.

The opportunity to change career and access high earning jobs within the construction sector is very real.  This centre provides training that focuses on the specific skills and behaviours employers are looking to fill current skills shortages.  For candidates with the right work ethic, this means quick routes to much needed employment within the construction industry.Adam Ward, Director of STEM Innovation at Colchester Institute
Phelan Construction is thrilled to be sponsoring the new Construction Skills Centre at Colchester Institute’s Clacton campus. The construction sector overall is in the midst of a serious nationwide skills shortage. This is causing increasing labour costs and limits to construction activity, and is predicted to only get worse. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has reported that the industry needs to find 157,000 new recruits by 2021 in order to keep up with demand. At Phelan Construction, we take this industry-wide problem very seriously and wanted to work with our local training provider and educator, Colchester Institute, to develop a tangible, practical solution that could help start tackling this problem in our local area. We’re looking forward to working closely with Colchester Institute to continue to grow and establish this fantastic training facility for many more years to come.Matt Jolly, Pre- Construction Manager at Phelan Construction

Colchester Institute is offering the opportunity to gain the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to start a career in the following construction trades: bricklaying, plastering and wall and floor tiling.

With a high demand for construction skills in the region, there are strong opportunities to access high earning jobs in the industry.

Taking place at the new Construction Skills Centre at our Clacton Campus, the flexible mode of study allows candidates to access training around current employment or commitments.

Who are these qualifications for?

Suitable for individuals of any age who are wanting an introduction into these construction trades and to gain skills in those areas, and perhaps to decide which trade is the right one to pursue a career in, these qualifications provide the ideal introduction to the construction industry.

Covering essential skills, these qualifications are also suitable for budding DIY enthusiasts and those looking to undertake home improvements themselves to a professional standard.

For those with existing knowledge or in need of a refresher, this level builds upon your introductory knowledge and experience, allowing you to further develop your skills in the various trades.

No previous knowledge or experience is required.

Opportunity to gain CSCS Card
Undertaking the CSCS Green Card alongside the City & Guilds qualification can help you gain opportunities on site as a labourer, to further develop skills in the industry.

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