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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.



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.

25662 Jobs in the southwest
27277 Jobs by
£18000 Starting Salary
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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

7315 Jobs in the South West
6129 Jobs by
£15000 Starting Salary
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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.

5689 Jobs in the South West
6359 Jobs by
£25000 Starting Salary
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Meet Our Staff

Jem Stevens

Course Manager - Plumbing

Jem has travelled the world as an airframes aircraft engineer in the Royal Air Force, he then retrained as a plumbing and gas heating engineer and worked in the construction industry for over a decade before joining Cornwall College. Jem is also a qualified PASMA scaffold instructor and delivers scaffold training to our students enabling them to gain a nationally recognised PASMA accreditation.

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100% of our construction students say that the teaching on their course is good.
Our building & construction courses have an 80.7% success rate (higher than the national average).

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Meet Our Alumni

Alice Collard

Owner of Collard Plumbing & Heating

I went straight to college and choose to study plumbing because I wanted a good trade.

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Course Locations


Wood Occupations: Bench Joinery Or Site Carpentry Level 3 Diploma

Trowel Occupations (Construction) Level 3 Diploma

Plumbing Studies

Furniture Design & Making City & Guilds Diploma

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