If you're interested in working in the construction industry, we can help. We are offering free training to give you the core skills and practical experience you need to help get your construction career off the ground.

As an area of significant growth, with many construction projects happening across the county, the Northamptonshire construction skills programme provides a fantastic free training opportunity for people who are interested in building a career in construction.

This has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) to address the national skills gap in construction, and we are working with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and local training providers to deliver the courses in line with COVID-19 secure guidelines. 

Through the free programme, a varied package of learning and hands-on experience is provided covering essential construction courses and a range of building trades. Courses delivered are industry recognised and give you the chance to gain essential construction qualifications including CSCS card accreditation, enabling you to work on a construction site.

Want to know more about this exciting opportunity?

Since the programme launched in 2019, we have already provided training for almost 400 people across Northamptonshire, and you could join them!

Register your interest and we'll get back to you with more information. Please note, you will need to create an account to access the form, and as it will take some time to complete, remember to save regularly.
Register interest in the Northamptonshire Construction Skills programme

Who can apply for the training?

Anyone aged 18 and above not currently working in the construction sector can apply for the training, you don't need any previous experience or skills and we welcome applications from everybody regardless of your background.

Our courses give you the opportunity to learn more about the construction industry and will help you find the right role for you. We particularly welcome applications from the under-represented groups in the sector including:

  • people who are unemployed and seeking employment
  • women
  • ex-military personnel
  • people looking to change career
  • ex-offenders
  • adults with disabilities
  • minority ethnic groups
  • young people leaving care

Watch this short video to find out more on what the programme can offer you (This film was produced before the COVID-19 pandemic):

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The training courses

Training will cover a minimum of five days, and will be a mix of online and classroom based learning with qualified tutors, as well as practical experience on a construction site so you can really get a feel for what it’s like to work in the industry.

This learning and experience will give you a solid introduction to the construction sector and will help you discover the right trade for you as well as providing a platform to help you get your first job in construction.

What qualifications do the courses give?

As you complete the courses, you will be awarded with essential and industry recognised basic level qualifications relevant to the courses you have taken including health and safety, manual handling and first aid. You will also achieve CSCS card accreditation which will give you access to construction sites and is a vital requirement to work in the industry.

Along with the qualifications, the training will help build your confidence, give you core skills including the practical elements of construction, and help boost your employability for getting your first construction job.  You can get help to write your CV if you need it, and support is available to help get you ready for job interviews.

Your training courses and work experience will be delivered in line with COVID-19 secure advice and guidance to help keep you safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Meet the construction workers

What's it really like to work in construction? Find out from some workers who are involved in construction projects across Northamptonshire.

​"There can be stigma around women working in construction, so I was nervous starting my role. It's not just a job for men though, women can definitely do it too and I would encourage them to make the career move if they are interested!

"I'm part of a great and diverse team and shouldn't have worried. My role gives me the change to learn and grow professionally and personally. The best bit is knowing I'm helping to make a difference in my local area."

​"I always wanted to work in construction since I was a young lad. When I left school I started my training in construction and my mind was made up! I enjoy the challenges the job brings, the career opportunities and the variety of projects you get to work on."

"The sense of achievement you get when your building projects are complete is over-whelming. It feels great to see people using and enjoying a building that you've helped create."

"Anyone can work in construction, there are thousands of roles in the industry and something suitable for everybody's skills and abilities. If you're interested, definitely go for it!"

​"I'm doing an apprenticeship which is brilliant as I get to try a bit of everything. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do in construction yet, so my apprenticeship is a great way to get involved with lots of different aspects and see how it all works together."

"There are so many opportunities in construction, it doesn't only mean working on building sites, you could work in an office doing planning, or lay cables and infrastructure, or even build and repair roads. The possibilities do seem endless, it's a great industry to get into."

"I was nervous starting my apprenticeship on site. The team have been great though, really welcoming and always happy to answer my questions which I have a lot of!"

"I go to college for study days as part of my apprenticeship where I get to catch up with other apprentices while learning off site skills. I really enjoy this side of it as it's great to hear what other people are doing, we all learn from each other."

"Go for it if you are interested, there's such a variety in construction. Every day is different which keeps you motivated and wanting to learn more."

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Are you a construction employer wanting to know more?

For the Construction Skills Programme we want to work with local construction employers who are keen to support our learners with their next steps. Could your organisation work with us on any of the following?

  • Providing work experience for the Construction Skills Programme learners
  • Offering apprenticeships
  • Sharing information about jobs available and giving access to job interviews
  • Running a short training session for learners

If you would like to help or if you would like to know more contact the Construction Hub.

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