Construction Pre-Apprentice (Bricklaying, Joinery & Painting)

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This course is designed to provide students with a range of skills, industry-recognised qualifications and certificates that will assist them in the pursuit of a construction-related apprenticeship. You will focus on Bricklaying, Joinery and Painting Trades which have been selected to give an insight to various aspects of the construction industry along with the specific qualifications required to work on site.

This course differs from other pre-apprentice courses in that it broadly focuses on three trades rather than a sharper focus on only two.


National 4 qualifications in Construction or similar technical discipline would be a considerable advantage to prospective students.

General experience of mature students considered.

Applicants must be 16 years old by the end of September 2024 to commence this course.

Candidate’s specific course suitability may be decided through a thorough interview process, preference will be given to those who can display a genuine desire to work in the construction industry.

Students who hold no National 4 qualifications at all could consider the Access to industry course to prepare themselves for this course


There is a wide range of subjects available and course content will be made up from a number of the individual units below.

  • Introduction to health and safety in construction
  • Introduction to the construction industry                                                     
  • Painting techniques                                                                                       
  • Painting and wallpapering                                                                             
  • Constructing halving joints                                                                            
  • Constructing through mortice and tenon joints                                            
  • Constructing bridle joints                                                                              
  • Constructing half brick walling                                                                      
  • Constructing block walling                                                                            
  • Constructing half brick return corners                                  
  • Applying decorative effects                                                               
  • Applying wallpaper to internal and external angles and painting skirting   
  • Constructing housing joints                                                               
  • Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints                                      
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints                                         
  • Constructing cavity walls in brickwork and block work                                 
  • Constructing one brick walling          

Qualifications, Certificates and Experiences

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills
  • IOSH Safety health and environment in construction    
  • Tested  – Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

Working patterns

The course is predominantly practical based in workshop and project areas & includes approximately one half day of classroom work each week. Students will be expected to engage with and complete mandatory theory elements.

Work Placement

Engagement with employers through extended work placements may be available for students who excel in their studies and attitudes, they must show a genuine desire to enter the industry to be considered.