Construction Course Overview

We provide bespoke employment training and support to individuals aged 19+ who are unemployed or economically inactive and are seeking a return to, or entry into, the construction sector.

Our experienced Skills Team have years of trade experience as well as teaching experience to support learners with functional skills such as maths and English.

This eight week construction training course is a blend of practical hands on experience and classroom based tuition and is focused on delivering construction training reflective of the needs of local businesses in Greater Manchester.

We also provide individualised information, advice and guidance to each learner including improving confidence, developing working relationships, core employability skills, goals and aspiration setting to help create a pathway into employment or further training.

Groundwork employee showing construction skills to a young man

Construction Course Outcomes

Learners will gain practical skills in:

  • Painting and decorating
  • Tiling
  • Dry lining
  • Structural joinery (first fix)
  • Finishing carpentry (second fix)

Learners who complete the full construction training course will be awarded with an accredited qualification; Level 1 Certificate in Multi-trades in Construction Activities awarded by NOCN (124 GLH).

Upon course completion learners will put forward for their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test and Green Card plus a Level One Award ‘Health and Safety in a Construction Environment’ course – these are minimum requirements to access employment on a construction site.

For those who require support, accredited numeracy tuition (from Entry 1 to Level 2) is available through the OCR Awarding Body.

Our team will also ensure that learners are prepared for the work environment with structured training in Work Preparation Skills covering topics such as job selection, job application and transport.

Course Applications

This free, eight week construction course will start on the following dates.

Please note applications must be submitted at least 5 days before the start date to allow for processing.


March 2020

Open day: 4/03/20

Team start: 10/03/20


June 2020

Open Day: 27/05/20

Team Start:  01/06/20


August 2020

Open Day: 19/08/20

Team Start: 24/08/20


November 2020

Open Day: 12/11/20

Team Start: 17/11/20


Each course will run daily for the eight week period at:

Groundwork Greater Manchester
Unit 4, Hamer Vale
Greater Manchester
OL12 9BF


Monday to Thursday – 8:30 to 16:00

Friday – 8:30 to 12:00.

Other Information

Construction training open days will take place from 10am to 3pm the Wednesday before each course start day. No appointment necessary; pop in, meet the team and find out more about the course.

There should be no additional costs to the training course; we will provide all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and cover the cost of travel to our training centre in Oldham for anyone living within Greater Manchester.

Apply now

If you are interested in the construction training course please download the application form below and send it to James Oldham, the Skills Training Manager.

If you work in skills and development and are interested in making referrals to this course, we would welcome your interest. We are more than happy to come and discuss to course in more detail with your, meet learners or attend a team meeting.

Download application form

James Oldham – Skills Training Manager

07850 310 731 / 0161 624 1444

Thanks to funding from:

GMCA’s 2019/20 Adult Education Budget

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