From laying foundations to tiling the roof and everything in between, we offer practical skills training in all construction trades. If you like working outdoors, using your hands and experiencing different environments, the construction industry is waiting for you.
With skills shortages in many disciplines, there's a host of opportunities for those with the right skills.
Architects plan and design the construction and development of buildings and land areas with regard to functional and aesthetic requirements.
Bricklayers and masons erect and repair structures of stone, brick and similar materials and cut, shape and polish granite, marble, slate and other stone for building, ornamental and other purposes.
Carpenters and joiners construct, erect, install and repair wooden structures and fittings used in internal and external frameworks and cut, shape, fit and assemble wood to make templates, jigs, scale models and scenic equipment for theatres.
Chartered surveyors conduct surveys related to the measurement, management, valuation and development of land, natural resources, buildings, other types of property, and infrastructure such as harbours, roads and railway lines.
Construction and building trades supervisors oversee operations and directly supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in construction and building trades.
Welding trades workers join metal parts by welding, brazing and soldering, and cut and remove defects from metal using a variety of equipment and techniques.
Architectural and town planning technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist architects and planners with the design of buildings and the layout of urban and rural areas.
Chartered architectural technologists provide architectural design services, negotiate construction projects and manage the development of projects from conception to completion.
Workers in this area operate insulating equipment, fix plasterboard or dry linings to ceilings and walls, help construct, maintain, repair and demolish buildings and clean and resurface eroded stonework, lay, join and examine pipe sections for drainage, gas, water or similar piping systems and carry out a variety of other construction operative tasks
Workers in this area manage and oversee major construction and civil engineering projects and major building contracts for quality of work, safety, timeliness and completion within budget; forecast travel patterns and develop strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand.
Workers in this area perform a variety of general labouring and construction duties to assist building, civil engineering and related trades workers in the performance of their tasks.
Floorers and wall tilers lay composition mixtures (other than mastic asphalt) to form flooring, plan, fit and secure carpet, underlay and linoleum and cover and decorate walls and floors with terrazzo and granolithic mixtures, tiles and mosaic panels.
There are loads of opportunities available at Cornwall College which is great, I chose to study the Construction Diploma with specialism in Wood Occupations. The workshop is very professional with a lot of high quality equipment and the tutors are very helpful. The advice I would give to new students is just to embrace college life, try as many new things as possible and work hard.
Kyle is currently the best young roofer in the UK after securing Gold at the WorldSkills UK final at the NEC. Kyle is the third roofing student from Cornwall College to take the title.
This plumbing course was really something different from school for me, I’m enjoying the practical side, we get a lot of time in the workshops to develop our skills.