Building Futures in Construction

Optimum Skills Construction Academy Gateshead opened to help bridge the skills gap currently within the Construction industry.

With the expanding services of Optimum Skills, we are able to provide learners with a more hands-on experience at the Academy. Covering areas of bricklaying, joinery, property maintenance, and roofing there are opportunities for everyone wanting to build a career in construction. Our dedicated construction team are experienced within the industry and can provide learners with the skills and knowledge needed to progress in their careers.

If you are aged 16 to 24 with no prior experience or qualifications in Construction we can support you into the industry on a Construction Traineeship. This includes practical learning in the Academy, along with real work experience and support in an Apprenticeship. As an Apprentice Optimum Skills will support you further with your learning.

Apprentices working towards, Bricklaying, Joinery, Property Maintenance, and Roofing will all complete their off-the-job training within the Construction Academy, working closely with our tutors who have a wealth of knowledge about the industry.

The Construction Academy currently runs short courses for those aged 19 +, giving them the chance to build their skills in Bricklaying and Joinery, whilst learning about all aspects of health and safety relating to construction and the opportunity to gain their CSCS card.

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Construction Traineeships

Optimum Skills are offering exciting opportunities to build your career in construction. We support young people across the region (Gateshead, Newcastle, and surrounding areas) into opportunities with local employers.

The construction academy has been opened to help fill the skills shortage within construction, which remains one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the UK. We are focused on training local talented individuals. Working alongside our employer partners, trainees will not only gain relevant industry experience but will progress into apprenticeship opportunities.

A Traineeship prepares young people for their future careers, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to become work-ready. 6 to 14 weeks of learning, including work experience, practical lessons and distance learning.

What gives our traineeship the edge? We have training facilities based in Gateshead, with industry equipment, where you can learn hands-on the practical skills needed to work in construction. A traineeship is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical skills, work experience and knowledge backed up by industry recognised qualifications.

“I was previously with another training provider who didn’t offer the support I needed. Since coming to Optimum Skills, I have learnt so much from the tutors and staff, and can’t wait to see what my future has in store. The traineeship has given me the opportunity to try all trades and build my knowledge and skills.” – Rayhan

Beth's Success - From Trainee to Bricklaying Apprentice

Apprenticeships

Optimum Skills are offering apprenticeship pathways into the construction industry, with Bricklaying L2, Joinery L2, Property Maintenance L2, and Roofing L2. Our specialist tutors will be on hand to assist with all off-the-job learning at the Construction Academy. An apprenticeship in construction will mean that not only are you gaining all relevant qualifications, but also getting hands-on experience with your employer and at the Construction Academy. You’ll even be getting paid to do so! Find out more about the following apprenticeship pathways.

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