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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Cskills
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Various
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

A CITB-Construction Skills Apprenticeship usually lasts between 2 and 4 years depending on where you're based and what level of qualification you're studying for. During this time you will be allocated an Apprenticeship officer to support and guide you through your training programme.

As an Apprentice, you will:

  • be in full-time employment
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • get hands-on experience to help you develop the skills you need to kick start a successful career

On the job training is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills.

Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You can complete this training on day release or over a number of days in a series of blocks.

If you are already with an employer, then an Apprenticeship is an ideal work-based learning qualification. It is an ideal way for you to ‘earn whilst you learn!’

To apply for this Apprenticeship you need to go to and register. Once registered you can start your application form. Choose your trade from the options on the application form and in the vacancy box type Darlington College.

Entry requirements

You will need to have 5 GCSEs with 4 points or grade C and above including 4 points or C grade in GCSE maths and English, or an appropriate Level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.

There are a number of ways for you to enter an Apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes:

  • GCSEs achieved in school or college
  • Experience Construction Initiative
  • Pathways to Construction
  • Young Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction (14-16)
  • Construction and Built Environment Diploma (14-19)
  • Functional Skills in English and Math’s
  • Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication
  • Foundation Learning Tier (a craft occupation at Level 1)
  • Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
  • Construction Youth Trust which supports young people's journey to work
  • Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
  • National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
  • Get Ready for Work or Training for Work programmes
  • Projects like Youth build which support young people's journey to work.

You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Main Aims of the Course Programme Modules/Topics Mandatory

  • Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
  • Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
  • Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Installing Direct Bond Dry Linings in the Workplace
  • Producing Complex Internal Solid Plastering Finishes in the Workplace
  • Producing Complex External Rendering Finishes in the Workplace
  • Optional Units
  • Installing Mechanically Fixed Plasterboard in the Workplace
  • Producing Granolithic Paving Work in the Workplace
  • Producing Specialised Plasterer’s Surfaces in the Workplace
  • Running In-situ Mouldings in the Workplace

Diploma Level 3 Units covered

  • Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Knowledge of building methods and construction technology
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Know how to fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors
  • Fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors
  • Know how to produce plaster components
  • Produce plaster components
  • Know how to position and secure fibrous plaster components
  • Position and secure fibrous plaster components
  • Know how to apply plaster materials to produce complex internal surfaces
  • Apply plaster materials to produce complex internal surfaces
  • Know how to apply plaster materials to produce complex external surfaces
  • Apply plaster materials to produce complex external surfaces
  • Know how to form screeds and granolithic finishes
  • Form screeds and granolithic finishes
  • Know how to prepare and run in-situ moulds
  • Prepare and run in-situ moulds

Technical drawing CSkills CSCS Health and Safety Functional Skills in maths and English, knowledge questions and a practical phase tests are also part of the qualification framework.

Things you may need

Most Apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college attendance with learning on site.

As part of your Apprenticeship, you will achieve an NVQ which is the main qualification to show you can do your job. You can also use this to qualify for one of the industry card schemes, which are essential for getting on site.

The following qualifications will also be part of your Apprenticeship:

  • England - NVQ Diploma, Functional or Key Skills and Employment Rights and Responsibilities

CITB-Construction Skills provides the best practical support to make everything as simple as possible. They can help with costs and advice by assigning one of their apprenticeship officers to make it as easy as possible.

CITB-Construction Skills do not offer employment, but can offer you guidance about looking for work and notify you of any vacancies that they are aware of.

Once a construction company offers you an apprenticeship you can get on with earning and learning.

What next

A level 3 Apprentice could continue to higher education at college or university. Alternatively you could start to build a career in a reputable trade.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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