Construction and the Built Environment

Construction and the built

Build your future and advance your career with the skills to get ahead when you study for a qualification in Construction and the Built Environment.

What is Construction and the Built Environment?

Construction is a thriving industry with a wide range of careers which cater to the needs of the public and private building sectors. Focusing on improving and maintaining the world we live in today, the Construction industry has been predicted to have 2.3 million jobs by 2023 in the UK. As the job market is expanding, Dumfries and Galloway College can gives you the chance to earn a qualification filled with knowledge and skills to prosper in this trade.

Specialised Construction courses based around sustainability are offered at Dumfries and Galloway College, we’re extremely proud to offer these courses which align with our strategic ambitions. This has been recognised by the prestigious Green Gown Awards when we won Sustainability Institution of the year 2020! Courses explore sustainable options which will teach you to identify and maintain the most appropriate sustainable sources and materials for a business.

We offer courses at all levels of skills, education and interests. Decide which Construction qualification and area you would like to excel in such as bricklaying, joinery or plumbing. You will be given an insight into the working environment for these essential jobs by preparing you  to interact with the Construction industry and take a step towards a rewarding and satisfying career.

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Career paths with a qualification in Construction.

  • Quantity Surveyor – Oversee, prepare, and estimates costs of construction projects. Using knowledge of construction, building, health, and safety Quantity Surveyors will be able to see risks and confidently give clients their informed and well researched opinions of the project. They are often heavily involved from the start to finish. Most likely to be employed, often working on-site or in an office. Average starting salary £18,000 - £25,000
  • Carpenters/Joiners – Provide services that construct, repair, and fit woodworking projects. Confidently being able to use tools Carpenters/Joiners must have the knowledge of construction and regulations to execute the client’s requirements. Using their own initiative and expertise in their crafts, they must have good knowledge of mathematics to correctly assemble structures. Likely to be employed but can be self-employed. Average starting salary £17,000 - £20,000
  • Painters and Decorators – Can bring high quality finishes of outside and inside surfaces bringing them to life. Knowledge of different products that can cover, fill, and carry out the needs of the consumer to a premium standard.  Painters and Decorators pay close attention to detail and have good communication skills that can work well with businesses and clients. Can be employed or self-employed working within different businesses or homes. Average starting salary £17,000 - £20,000
  • Renewable Energy Engineer – Are involved in designing, developing, and testing renewable energy sources. They have knowledge about renewable and sustainable energy technologies to meet the needs of businesses. Renewable Energy Engineers can recognise problems with their intuition and communicate solutions to their clients. Most likely to be employed and depending on the company, Renewable Energy Engineers could work onsite or in an office. Average starting salary £20,000 - £30,000
  • Bricklayers – Have an excellent knowledge and skills of brickwork which can be transferred into creating and transforming projects. Bricklaying is the foundation of any property and with this importance, Bricklayers need to have the ability to repair, build and refurbish brickwork by paying close attention to detail. Bricklayers must work on site and are often employed by a company. Average starting salary £17,000 – £20,000

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Why study Construction and the Built Environment at Dumfries & Galloway College?

Get one step ahead and build your future with Dumfries and Galloway College – the leading provider of education and training in southwest Scotland. Here’s why you should study with us:

Student Satisfaction

We're in the top 2 of 26 colleges in Scotland for further education in student satisfaction with 97% Students Satisfied 

We're in the top 4 of 26 of colleges in Scotland for higher education in student satisfaction with 94% Students Satisfied 

Based on the 2018/19 academic year Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Scottish Funding Council.

Student Satisfaction

Positive Destination

Over 9 in 10 of our students move to a positive destination into further study or employment. 

Based on our performance indicators.

Positive Destination

Pathway to University

Our students successfully completing an HNC or HND program can continue their education journey and move on to further study towards a degree with a UK university.

Pathway to University

Our Learning Environment

Our Construction and the Built Environment course offer you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in your chosen qualification. This will build up your portfolio to show future employers or continue with their studies. 

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Our course options:

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*Courses listed above are available as at time of publishing. Availability is subject to demand and some courses may stop accepting applications or be withdrawn at any time.

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Construction: Multi Trade NPA @ SCQF Level 5

This qualification allows candidates to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in construction. This can be an introductory course or progression from a previous course such as the City and Guilds Level 4 Construction Skills Course (or equivalent).

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