You will have the opportunity to learn in our refurbished Construction department. This has specialist workshops with industry standard equipment relevant to your skill area, such as laser levels, specialist cutting equipment, paint spray guns, spindle moulders, planning machines and saws. Installation bays and gas assessment areas allow you to practice what you have learnt under professional supervision.
Guest speakers from large organisations such as AWE, Kier Group, Fosters and Armitage Shanks will talk to you about latest industry equipment and career routes.
Career Opportunities: Painter/Decorator, Interior Designer/Fitter, Kitchen/Bathroom Fitter, Carpenter/Joiner, Maintenance Electrician/Electrical Installer, Plumber
Going to University: Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering Services
Mike completed his Advanced Apprenticeship and is now a self-employed plumber, with ambitions to go even further.
“I’m doing contract work for my old boss while I build up my own customer base,” Mike said “and I’m sorting out my Gas Safe training so I can do that as well. Long-term, I’d like this to become my business and to employ other people. I like to travel, so I’ll need a team to look after things while I’m away!”
Having done Level 1 and 2 plumbing courses at college, Mike secured an Apprenticeship with JP Emmitt in Farnborough. They sent him on a day-release to BCoT to get his Level 3 qualifications.
Mike is grateful for the opportunity and for the two years he spent with the college.
“The staff in both the Plumbing and the Apprenticeship’s teams at BCoT are a true credit to the college. They made sure our experience was a positive one with their friendly support and encouragement. Everyone in my class received the help they needed to achieve the qualifications. One of the advantages of being self-employed now is that it does leave time for hobbies,” said Mike.
What he modestly describes as a hobby is actually white-water kayaking and Mike is preparing to compete in both the European and World Championships. “Fortunately, I can fit my training around work!”
What would Mike’s advice be to any aspiring plumbers?
“Do an Apprenticeship!” he doesn’t hesitate. "It seems to me the best way of getting both the site experience and the knowledge you’ll need. I’ve enjoyed it, too, and I’d definitely recommend it!”