Construction Futures is the overall title for the City & Guilds Certificate in Basic Construction Skills. It is a pre-apprenticeship course that develops the underpinning knowledge needed for work in the building trade.

The skills that will be developed during this course will help the candidate to achieve employment within the construction industry. 

Skills listed below:

  • Employability
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy
  • Communications
  • Hand skills
  • Confidence 


  • One year full-time

This course provides the ideal introduction to the construction industry and covers essential skills in a variety of construction trades. It is a mixture of practical and theoretical topics including:

  • Brickwork
  • Painting and decorating
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • General building
  • Health and safety
  • The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course

One of the following:

  • Two National 4s in English and Maths
  • Successful completion of the School College Partnership course Skills for Work: Construction Craft
  • (Fife schools only)
  • Certificate: Access to Construction with lecturer recommendation
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • National Progression Award: Construction SCQF Level 5
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in construction crafts
  • Training/employment
  • This entry level course is a great way to start a career in construction
  • You will be better informed about choices which you will need to make when considering a vocation in the construction industry
  • This course provides the underpinning knowledge required to continue Further Education in construction or seek an apprenticeship within the industry

ALL PPE will be supplied by the college

  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise