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Geoff Coughlan, Curriculum Manager, Construction

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The property and construction sector employs more than 40,000 people in the region.

Over the next few years new jobs will be created by investment in housing, transport infrastructure and new commercial developments. Demand created by the low carbon sector, including the retro fitting of social housing, will also stimulate growth in the construction sector.

With dedicated construction centres at Rotherham College and Dearne Valley College, we offer training in all the main construction trades – with courses and apprenticeships in bricklaying, furniture craft, joinery, plastering and plumbing.

During your training you will also have the opportunity to complete an industry placement, which will help to develop your employability skills and industry contacts.


You will learn the construction of half brick and solid walling, cavity walls, arches and solid wall piers and decorative fire places and chimney stacks. Others include trowel skills, brick bonding and building complex masonry. Alongside practical skills yo will also study health, safety and welfareand site procedures in construction.

Other opportunities include meeting key employers in the trade and carrying out work experience and voluntary work that will enhance your CV.

Carpentry and Joinery

You will be introduced to using wood machinery and power tools, explore timber technology, timber floor and roofing techniques, modern truss roof construction, all aspects of kitchen fitting, building partition walls and fitting door linings and fitting doors.


Our plumbing courses will prepare you for work in the domestic and industrial sectors. You will learn a range of practical skills-based units, depending on the level of the course, plus a variety of bending and jointing techniques, fitting central heating systems, fitting underfloor heating, environmental technologies and gas. Our students also enjoy visits to local employers where they see real-life projects in action.

Electrical Installation

Our qualifications are for students wanting to learn the basic skills and knowledge involved in electrical installation. You will study a range of topics include safe working practices, preparing for working in the construction industry, electrical installation wiring and terminations, fabrication techniques for electoral installation and electrical science and technology.

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01709 362111