Young Women into Construction Skills NQ (Level 5)

Despite the fantastic career opportunities available, women tend to be under-represented in the construction industry.  This course empowers young women to engage in practical construction skills in a safe, industry-standard environment. 

Not only will this course enable you to achieve a National 4/5 qualification before entering senior phase, but you will develop wider skills and attitudes that are transferable into the world at work and full-time education.  This qualification will enhance your ability to make a more informed choice for the senior phase and widen your knowledge of this highly rewarding industry.

You will develop your skills and experience of working with woodworking hand tools and associated materials.  You will learn how to set out and manufacture a range of elementary woodworking joints and create your own product.

You will learn how to form bands and lines as well as basic brush-grained effects with paint.  You will explore how to enlarge and transfer a given design and then paint it using free brushwork.  You will practice how to mix different colours to match given paint samples.

This course contains a focus on employability skills.  You will develop working practices which will enhance your job prospects including good time-keeping, health & safety awareness, team working and carrying out quality checks.  You will learn self-evaluation skills and how to adapt your performance in response to feedback.  You will also explore industry-specific skills such as interpreting drawings; producing basic materials schedules; and carrying out basic risk assessments.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualification requirements but you should be interested in learning about careers in the construction industry. The ideal candidate will be enrolled at S2-3 with a motivated attitude towards practical construction work.

Progression Pathways

This course will allow students to make a more informed choice of progression within this highly rewarding industry.  Graduates of this course will be able to progress onto Construction Crafts in Senior Phase and then full-time courses across the Construction department.

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Employment Prospects

Construction is an innovative, impactful, and in-demand industry, with an additional 45,000 people needed to fill expected vacancies in the sector by 2031.  This course could lay the foundation for a Modern Apprenticeship, working in a specific trade or a career in Civil Engineering and surveying.