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Foundation Property Maintenance Programme

Published 07/08/2019 11:08:00, by Marina Maher




Course Breakdown

Am I eligible to attend?
 Our course is open to both veterans and those who are in resettlement. All we ask is that you have a desire to pursue a career in the construction industry or property maintenance. If you are still serving we suggest you attend our programme in the last three months of resettlement; this allows us to help you into employment soon after completion and avoids ‘skills fade’. We may give preference to those who are unemployed when offering places on our programmes.


You may be required to provide proof of your military service and/or employment status on enrolment on the programme.

How long is the course?

The course is an intensive 5 week foundation course.

What will I learn?

Your training will include the following elements:

  • Health safety and welfare in construction, including CSCS training and examination
  • Brickwork, blockwork, rendering, plastering
  • Painting and decorating, tiling
  • Domestic plumbing
  • Asbestos Awareness (either classroom or on-line learning and test)
  • Carpentry/joinery
  • Routine maintenance tasks (eg locks, guttering)

What are the qualifications?

The college will enroll you on a Level 1 qualification in Construction Skills. You will be assessed on a range of skills across the subjects studied.In addition you will receive a Level 1 Health and Safety in the Construction Environment and your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, essential for working in the construction industry.

What happens after the course?

This will depend on your personal situation and your career ambitions. We aim to support you into a career in the building trades, whether that is as an employee or self-employed, or whether you wish to continue your training. We will provide guidance and advice appropriate to your needs.

We have multiple jobs with employers around the country so whatever you are looking for we should be able to help.

Where is the course delivered?

We currently deliver programmes in West Sussex (Pulborough), Essex (Colchester), Cheshire (Nantwich), Wiltshire (Trowbridge) and Hampshire (Aldershot). We will be expanding our delivery network over the next 12 months and will update with new sites as they become available.

How often do the courses run?

We deliver at least six programmes a year at each of our sites. On receipt of your application we will contact you to discuss your availability and together decide on the most appropriate location and date for you to attend.

How much does the course cost?

There is no charge to attend the course, although you may be asked to provide proof of your military service and/or employment status to assist us with obtaining funding for your qualification.

You may have to source your own accommodation at some centres or be able to travel daily to the college. We can provide details of agencies who may be able to help with accommodation/travel costs for those in financial hardship.

Is the course residential?

We can provide both residential and non-residential options, depending on location.

How long is a day’s training?

Your day will start at 8:30 am and will finish around 4pm. Additional study towards your health and safety tests may be required outside of these hours.

How do I apply?

Please complete an application form by clicking the link below. On receipt of your form one of our team will be in touch to discuss your application and the available options. If you are not able to complete the on-line form for any reason, please contact us on 01798 874521 or at info@buildingheroes.org.uk and one of the team will assist you.

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