Building Futures

We believe that young people should be given every opportunity to pursue a rewarding and worthwhile career. That’s why we offer schoolchildren the chance to see what being a building or bricklayer is all about through hands-on learning sessions.

We’re always ready to partner up with schools across the region to offer an alternative provision which shows children how to enter a career in the construction industry.

Building Futures

Building Futures is an alternative provision provided for schools for children aged 14-16yrs and is delivered by Buildskill Plus. This is a hands-on provision which will enable learners to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours for a brickwork career. Examples of delivery:

The programme is a blended approach of classroom and practical sessions in our specially equipped training centres located in Colchester, Essex (HQ) and Winsford, Cheshire. Our experienced trainers deliver training to learners using our unique delivery model, which supports learners to learn at their own pace and achieve the fullest from the journey with us.

Building Futures

We can also support in the development of Maths and English by delivering Functional Skills to those that require it.

As an alternative provision, we are able to take learners for a maximum of 3days a week in agreement with their school.

Programme Qualifications

Programme 1

Programme 2

Programme 3


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I’ve been on the apprenticeship a few months now and so far it’s going well. At college and on-site, the people are all good, and everyone is helpful. Glad I got the apprenticeship it is going to help get on the trowel so I can build houses when I am qualified.

Oliver Burgoyne
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I’ve been on the apprenticeship since June, the course has been very detailed but is very useful and a great help practically. I have learnt a lot of skills on site and hope to start laying bricks very soon. The support I receive from college staff has been outstanding, they offer assistance in all areas of my life. I would highly recommend the apprenticeship at Buildskill to anyone considering a career in construction.

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I started the apprenticeship in January, the work is fun but can be exhausting but at the end of the day, I am making a better me. The training is amazing, I have developed a huge amount from never seeing or having picked up a trowel, to helping build houses, garages and garden walls. I think an apprenticeship with build skill is really good and would recommend it to anyone.

Luke Morris
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NEECA was introduced to Build Skills through CIBT when Build skills attended both our employer Day and Careers event. Our students can be very challenging and Build Skills have been very supportive towards them. NEECA has had 3 students put on apprenticeships, 3 students attending Traineeships and 1 student on a 14-16 programme to date. NEECA have built close relationships with all staff who we have found both very professional, approachable and incredibly supportive throughout our collaborative working.

North East Essex Co-operative Academy NEECA