4th June 2018
In Autumn 2018 York College is delivering a suite of adult learning courses in all areas of the Construction trade, including brand new courses in a range of exciting disciplines. The courses are suitable for anyone looking to retrain for a new career, progress in a current work environment, take up a new hobby or simply to brush up on DIY skills around the home.
From bricklaying to joinery, plastering to plumbing, electrical installation, painting and decorating, construction and the built environment, stonecarving and furniture making, the array of courses cover a range of skill levels and could be the first step in a new direction for enrolling students.
Mark Pickersgill completed a Level 1 Plastering Diploma this year and says he is pleased he took the opportunity to enhance his skills: “Having worked in a factory setting for over 20 years, working all different shift patterns, I decided I wanted to change my career direction. I hope to use my newfound skills to achieve a successful small business for myself. I would recommend the Level 1 Plastering Diploma to anyone, it is a good course, set out at an achievable pace with help always on hand if you need it. After only 8 weeks on the course I have successfully used my new skills in my own home.”
Lilly Northrop enjoyed the Level 1 Award in Creative Crafts (Furniture Making): “I have always loved making things but never really felt like the opportunities to learn in a formal environment were available to me beyond secondary school. At work I am surrounded by people who are lucky enough to make things every day and I was secretly jealous of that. After completing this course I want to carry on making things - I have already set my sights on the Level 2 furniture-making course. Everyone in my family will get their own table for Christmas next year!
"My advice to anyone who is even slightly interested in something like this is to go for it! The workshops are well equipped and the tutors are great to work with, they are very knowledgeable. It’s a very welcome break from sitting at a desk all week. From week one we were hands-on and saw progress week on week. The support from the tutors and also from my fellow students has been great.”
Laura Dobson studied Construction Multi-skills. She says: “I wanted to try out a range of trades during my normal working week and the evening course covered four different areas that were perfect for me. I hope to expand my skills and DIY around the house, taking up bigger projects such as plastering. Having this insight also helps when talking to tradesmen about what I want to achieve. A personal highlight for me was building an arch by myself after only 8 weeks, having never laid a brick before this was quite an achievement!”