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Construction & Civil Engineering

Construction is one of the UK’s major industries, and a crucial part of Wakefield’s local economy

Construction & Civil Engineering at Wakefield College

Construction is one of the UK’s major industries and a crucial part of Wakefield’s local economy.

Traditional disciplines like carpentry, joinery, and plumbing remain core skills, but technology has become important too, and our construction students can be found using computers as often as hammers or trowels!

Split between our Castleford Campus and Lightwaves in Wakefield City Centre, both campuses have live working environments and workshops so that you can learn the practical skills hands-on.

Key Points
  • Highly qualified delivery team and purpose-built workshops
  • Industry-recognised courses
  • Excellent success rates – above the national average
  • Students learn outside the classroom in real working environments
  • Links with the community through local projects
  • All students are entered into the QUEST Scholarship run by the ICE
I think that having the opportunity to have a work placement with Willmott Dixon really opened my eyes to what the role of a Quantity Surveyor was really like.
Billy
Construction

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One of my tutors was really engaging and got me really interested in Project Management that much that I wanted to pursue a career in it. It has been very life changing for me studying at College and being given so many opportunities to succeed. The variety of different units gave me a real insight into all the roles available in the construction industry.
Megan
Construction

Study Packs

Have you ever wondered what type of work students do on their course at college? Check out our sample study packs to find out.

They contain work you can complete at your own pace that will help develop your independent learning skills and prepare you for your next steps with Wakefield College.

Construction - Bricklaying.pdf
1.19 mb · 18 March, 2021

Construction - Carpentry and Joinery.pdf
1.16 mb · 18 March, 2021

Construction - Construction Skills.pdf
745.56 kb · 01 June, 2020

Construction - Construction and Built Environment.pdf
1.34 mb · 18 March, 2021

Construction - Electrical.pdf
1.21 mb · 18 March, 2021

Construction - Plumbing.pdf
1.21 mb · 18 March, 2021

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(Re)Watch our Virtual Open Event

(Re)Watch our virtual online Open Event with staff interviews, Q&As, virtual campus tours, college updates and more.

Virtual Open Event
19 June, 2021

Join us for our Virtual Open Event with staff & student interviews, Q&As, virtual campus tours, college updates and more.

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Case Studies

What our students say about us...
I think that having the opportunity to have a work placement with Willmott Dixon really opened my eyes to what the role of a Quantity Surveyor was really like.
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One of my tutors was really engaging and got me really interested in Project Management that much that I wanted to pursue a career in it. It has been very life changing for me studying at College and being given so many opportunities to succeed. The variety of different units gave me a real insight into all the roles available in the construction industry.
Photo of Megan Hodkinson
Wakefield College has given me great opportunities that has allowed me to earn while I learn, with plenty of confidence and support when you need it. I have secured a Level 4 Trainee Construction Technician Apprenticeship with ENGIE.
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University Centre at Wakefield College has helped me tremendously at the start of my professional career. The tutors are very helpful and have lots of experience in the industry.
Thomas Harper
HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
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Wakefield College has given me great opportunities that has allowed me to earn while I learn, with plenty of confidence and support when you need it. I have secured a Level 4 Trainee Construction Technician Apprenticeship with ENGIE.
Adam
Construction
University Centre at Wakefield College has helped me tremendously at the start of my professional career. The tutors are very helpful and have lots of experience in the industry.
Thomas
Construction

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Construction Trade Events
Construction Trade Events

We’re opening our doors for you to meet some of the future workforce in our district - our Level 2 learners! Take a tour of our fully equipped, purpose-built workshops, inspect the current work the learners are producing and meet the tutors and ask about the programmes of study. Enjoy free refreshments!

Carpentry…

Construction
5 November, 2019
Construction students on trip to Nottingham
Construction students on trip to Nottingham

Level 3 Construction in the Built Environment students visited Robertson Construction's site in Nottingham on 14 October 2019. This was a fantastic…

Construction
14 October, 2019
Construction students visit the new Lifestyle site by Engie!
Construction students visit the new Lifestyle site by Engie!

Our Construction students visiting the new Lifestyle site by Engie! Our level 3 Electricians were introduced to this amazing site, offering it's residents, among other things, adjustable worktops and a lift between floors - a fantastic over 55’s community!

Thank you for…

Construction
2 October, 2019
Construction students take part in community project
Construction students take part in community project

A HUGE well done to our students who recently engaged in the community project at the Hazel Garth Dementia Care Home.

The Bricklaying students spent two days at the site, building seven brick planters. This project enabled them to put their bricklaying skills to good use whilst enhancing the…

Construction
20 June, 2019
‘Give Construction a Try’ event

It was great to see so many employers and school students attend the Give Construction a Try event yesterday held at our Castleford Campus. A huge range of actiities; from trowel through joinery, BIM, drones and virtual reality!

Thank you to everyone involved and everyone who attended we hope…

Construction
21 March, 2019
Drax Power Station visit
Drax Power Station visit

Our level 2 electrical installation learners during a trip out to Drax yesterday. It was a good visit that helped to embed knowledge that the learners need on their course.They learned about how electricity is generated, the different fuels used and where it comes from amongst many other interesting…

Construction
9 January, 2019

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