• Trades

    Introduction to Construction Industry (Level 4)

  • Eligible Schools

    East and North Ayrshire schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilmarnock Campus OR the new Skills Hub at the Kilwinning Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday

    2:00 - 4:00

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for all young people interested in a career within the construction industry. This entrance level course will enable you to develop good basic hand skills whilst gaining an insight into what our industry has to offer. Taking this course could be the start of a career which may allow you to become a Modern Apprentice which is a paid job with the pay increasing whilst you train.

Students joining this course will attend college two afternoons each week for one year. During the course, opportunities and information will be provided by the lead industry bodies advising you on how to become an employed Modern Apprentice. If you can give a commitment to attend and give your best this course is achievable and will support progression to multiple opportunities within industry or college. Have a look at these websites:

CITB Apprenticeships

Become a Plumber

What is the course about?

The course gives you the opportunity to gain skills in a variety of trades-specific areas such as Electrical, Carpentry & Joinery, Painting & Decorating and Plumbing. In addition, you will develop awareness of health and safety and attitudes that enhance employability within the construction / engineering industry, or other sectors.

You will undertake a SQA Steps to Work Group Award and College devised units at SCQF Level 4, this includes Carpentry & Joinery, Electrical, Painting & Decorating and Plumbing.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entrance requirements, but you will be required to attend a course interview.

How will I be assessed?

Whilst in the workshop you will build practical models which are assessed. Lecturers will always provide guidance and support.

What should I expect?

This is practical course which takes place in trade related workshops, the student's carpentry & joinery activities includes the manufacture of timber frames to a pre-determined size, these frames are then utilised for the student’s electrical activities such as the wiring of switches and sockets, the plumbing activities include the fitting of a radiator and guttering. The students painting & decorating activities includes the surface preparation for painting techniques and stencilling.

Next Steps

There are a variety of possible progression routes at the end of this course:

  • A full time Construction course at SCQF Level 4 or 5
  • National Progression Award in Construction within a chosen Construction trade
  • Modern Apprenticeship

What do current students say?

“I enjoyed this course as its mainly ‘hands-on’ practical work that we do, I have enjoyed learning about all the different trades but I particularly liked the Painting & Decorating and basic Plumbing skills, I have really enjoyed it.”

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

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