Foundation Property Maintenance Programme
Engineering – Welding and Fabrication

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Am I eligible to attend?

Our courses are 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 are the courses?

The courses are an intensive 5 week course.

What will I learn?

Your training will include the following elements:

Property Maintenance

  • Health safety and welfare in construction, including CSCS training and examination
  • Brickwork, blockwork, plastering
  • Painting and decorating, tiling
  • Domestic plumbing
  • Carpentry/joinery

Engineering

  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Producing Sheet Metal Components & Assemblies
  • Preparing and Using Semi-Automatic MIG, MAG and Flux Cored Equipment

What are the qualifications?

The college will enrol you on a Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills or a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations. You will be assessed on a range of skills across the subjects studied. In addition with Property Maintenance 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. Whatever your goals, we aim to support you into a career in construction as an employee or self-employed,. You may even want to continue your training.

In 2020 we launched Building Heroes Property Services, a subsidiary of Building Heroes. It is a service for the general public to book a Building Hero for their property and home improvement projects and takes the hassle away from you as we match your skills and experience to our customer needs. Building Heroes Property Services provides the opportunity for you to progress your second career and build a better life for you and your family. You can apply to Become a Building Hero here.

Where is the course delivered?

We currently deliver the Property Maintenance programmes in West Sussex (Pulborough), Essex (Colchester), Cheshire (Nantwich), Wiltshire (Trowbridge), Tees Valley (Middlesbrough), London (Wandsworth) and Hampshire (Aldershot) with Engineering delivered in Essex (Harwich). 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 0330 912 6200 or at info@buildingheroes.org.uk and one of the team will assist you.

How do I apply to become a Building Hero working for Building Heroes Property Services?

Once you have graduated from our training programme you can go on to become one of our Building Heroes providing home improvement and property maintenance services to the general public. More information on the service can be found on the website and you can apply to Become a Building Hero here.

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