What do I learn?
Over the two years of the programme you learn the theory of the following elements:
• painting and decorating
You gain the practical skills and experience necessary to progress in this industry or related areas. The elements of the course are:
• NVQ Level 2 Maintenance Operations
• Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations
• Functional Skills in English Level 1 and Maths Level 1
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
All aspects of training are carried out in college in the classroom and the workshops. You will then take the skills you have learned at college out to the workplace, and will be expected to bring in work-based evidence and build a portfolio with the evidence you have collected in the workplace.
An assessor will visit your workplace to observe your working practices.
What do I gain?
You gain the basic knowledge required to carry out many general maintenance tasks, and you get an insight into the future careers open to you.
What do I need?
Upon application you will be invited in for an interview and an initial assessment to make sure that the course is right for you. There are no other restrictions to becoming an apprentice except that you need to be over the age of 16 and to have been settled in the UK for at least the past three years.
You must already be working within the Industry. You need to achieve Entry Level 3 at English and maths in the initial assessment.
What can I do next?
You could progress to Level 3 construction qualifications and apprenticeships.
What else do I need to know?
A career in construction means you need to be prepared to work outside in all weathers. Some work requires a good head for heights.
Many of these occupations are physically demanding so you should have a good level of fitness and be able to work quickly while paying close attention to detail.