Free construction courses launched at College

Solihull College & University Centre is offering free part time professional construction courses in the new year thanks to funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Three HNCs will be available in January and two more in September for anyone hoping to work in the construction industry. HNCs, which are the equivalent to the first year of a degree, are a great option not just for those looking to enter the industry, but for those who would like to transfer from the trade side into the office side of the sector.

The courses normally cost £5000 each, but are now free to eligible students thanks to the funding. The courses run for two years, with one day per week spent at college. Students will need an A-Level or a Level 3 BTEC equivalent to take up the option.

HNCs available include Construction, Civil Engineering and Surveying. These courses offer great pathways for careers with companies in the industry recognised by trade bodies such as ICE, RICS, and CIOB and can be followed up with a HND or Top up degree.

Deb Bunce, Head of School for Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies at the College states: “The government has highlighted the construction sector as a growth area. These courses offer people the perfect opportunity to grow and expand skillsets or to enter a dynamic, evolving industry.”

To be eligible, students must be aged 19+ on the 31st of August and be a resident of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area. To check start dates, if your postcode is viable or to apply for the course visit the website.

two students and a teacher measure with some surveying equipment outside on campus