Gateway to Construction MultiTrade

Start Date
Course Course
Construction & Building Trades
City Campus

About this Course

The Gateway to Construction (Multi-Trade) programme is designed to prepare people to enter the construction industry. This programme will give you a taste of three separate trades’ – brickwork, decorating, and joinery through practical skills development whilst promoting health & safety awareness. Successful completion of this programme will enable you to progress to a core skills programme in either brickwork, decorating, or joinery.

Key Units

This course is designed to teach you the basic skills involved in construction trades. You will learn key practical skills such as joint-making, plumbing techniques and brick laying. You will also be taught the fundamental elements of health and safety practices on a construction site.   

You will benefit from leaning in our purpose-built workshops at our City Campus.

English and Maths
These skills are at the heart of construction, and learners will be expected to complete English and Maths studies as part of their programme (unless you hold a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading) in maths and/or English).

The programme will assess your initial starting point, and then through a learner-focused progression plan will focus your skills at Level 1 by completing the 6219-01 Award.

The units delivered on the Award are:
  • Health and Safety Awareness
  • Constructing half-brick and block walling
  • Building housing and mortice and tenon joints
  • Plumbing skills
  • Employability and interview skills

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades A*- E / grade 2 or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English Language.


This programme is assessed through the use of practical synoptic assessments, online exams, and the completion of a practical handbook.

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of all the elements of this programme will lead to progression to a core skills specific programme in either joinery, decorating, or brickwork.

Future Opportunities

A qualification at Level 1 will lead to an opportunities at Level 2 and then to a successful career in the construction industry.

Tell Me More

Learners will complete non-qualification activities such as:
  • the NCS programme
  • sport and leisure activities
  • personal and social skills development
  • employability skills
  • various trips to explore Sheffield’s industrial past and the surrounding region
Work Experience
All learners will complete a number of supervised site visits to local and nationally recognised employers.

Personal Study 
Students will be expected to work independently on project work when they are not in college, to assist with their revision and independent study skills.

Extra Costs

You will need to bring your own overalls and safety boots for workshop sessions as a minimum requirement. All other safety equipment will be provided on an as and when needed basis.

Students in financial hardship may apply to the Student Support Fund for assistance with course related expenses.

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