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What career opportunities can this lead to?

This programme is for individuals who have an interest in the construction industry and wish to develop their employment skills, dealing with the maintenance and upkeep of buildings. This programme could lead to employment within maintenance companies in both the private and public sectors, such as housing associations, local councils, schools, hospitals and hotels, or you could run your own maintenance company or work in a management/supervisory role in a maintenance department. Maintenance Operative salaries start from 25K. Alternatively you could progress onto an Apprenticeship or a Level 3 programme.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D / 9-4 including English, Maths and a Science or IT subject. You will also need to complete a successful interview in college, demonstrating interest and commitment to study and have evidence of good attendance and attitude from your school or college.

The programme is suitable for all ages. Those with proven previous experience within the construction industry could potentially attend on a part-time basis (two days per week).

All students without GCSEs at grade A*-C / 9-4 in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

What does this programme involve?

What does this programme involve?
The one year programme (36 weeks) is run over three days per week and will include both theoretical and practical based work.

Generic units include:
- Health and safety
- Building technology
- Understanding information, communication and calculations
- Scaffolding
- Developing customer relationships

Trade areas include:
-Small scale masonry repairs (painting and decorating, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, tiling and plastering)

You will also undertake work experience and work related learning activities as organised by the College.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The programme consists of up to 18 hours per week in College, made up of of six hours of theory work and 12 hours of practical work.

Each unit of work will involve both theory and practical work and will feature an online test and a timed practical assignment to show competence.

All theory lessons will involve students to work independently on computers or in group discussions. Practical work will be demonstrated by fully trained tutors prior to students carrying out the tasks themselves. Work will then be assessed by the tutor with verbal or written feedback given.

What else do I need to know?

Tools, materials and personal protective equipment will be supplied to students. You will need to provide your own boots.

There will be a requirement to attend trips and industry visits etc.

If you are aged 16-18, the programme is fully funded. If you are 19+, fees may apply.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
CMAD Eastleigh College 10/09/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,617.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

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The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

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