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Construction companies make up 10% of all businesses in Cumbria and, according to research undertaken by Construction Skills, 76% of all employers have difficulty in recruiting trained staff. This is leading to a constant demand for qualified craftsmen and skilled tradespeople for both domestic and industrial projects. The College enjoys strong links with the construction industry and the lecturers have worked extensively within it in a variety of roles, bringing real-world experience to the programmes that they teach. Our courses have been specifically designed to meet these industry needs and prepare students for the workplace or progression to Higher Level study. Using a mix of theory and practical work, students will learn all of the latest skills and techniques necessary to become a qualified craftsperson.
“I decided I wanted a change of career so came along to an Open Evening and liked what I saw. I wanted to make something and decided on a Joinery course as its practical and creative. I’ve had lots of opportunities whilst on the course including going to the NEC Trade Show, which was interesting. Being a mature student, it had been a while since I was in education so didn’t know what to expect but I’ve learned so many new skills in both the workshop and the classroom. I’ve even made doors, stairs and windows in the workshop and I would never have known how to do this before. College has been such a worthwhile experience and it has given me the chance to do something different. I’d now like to find a job in construction or related to the industry.”
Joinery Level 2
We have invested heavily in our equipment and facilities in recent years to make sure that they are industry standard to prepare our students to walk into a career in construction. Our outstanding, purpose built Construction and Heritage Centre, has been fully equipped with up-to-the-minute facilities and our highly specialised tutors provide a range of quality, professional training whether you would like to specialise in carpentry, joinery or brickwork. Our flagship wood machine-shop is equipped with state-of-the-art Felder wood machines, including a CNC milling machine, which can manufacture everything from flat pack furniture to intricate engravings.
Kendal College has excellent links with, and is well respected for working closely with local employers in the construction industry to produce high quality professionals to meet their current and future business needs. Our learning experience is well-rounded with industry-standard facilities and equipment and tutor support is second to none. In fact, all of our tutors have been employed in the industry so have immensely valuable first-hand knowledge and experience to pass on to our students.
As this is a fast growing industry, career opportunities in construction are in plentiful supply whereas there is a shortage of people with the skills needed to fulfil demand. With huge UK projects planned in the coming years such as the HS2 high-speed railway and the Nuclear New Build, construction jobs will be at their peak. Potential jobs open to you can include bricklaying, building technician, carpentry and joinery or progressing to project or construction management. In this industry, apprenticeships are popular options for many of our students, giving them the opportunity to earn whilst continuing to learn. Likewise, some also progress to Higher Level study such as undertaking a Foundation Degree in Building Studies and Building Engineering or Construction Management.
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