Darlington Construction

Optimum Skills Construction Academy Darlington opened in June 2018 to help bridge the skills gap currently within the Construction industry. Our new Gateshead Construction Academy is opening in 2020. 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, and property maintenance, 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.

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.

We are also running construction traineeships for those aged 19 +, without prior experience. This is an exciting new opportunity to build a skill set in a chosen trade, whilst also gaining experience with one of our partner employers.

Apprentices working towards, Bricklaying L2, Joinery L2, and Property Maintenance L2, 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.

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Routeways into Construction

Optimum Skills are offering three exciting routeway opportunities to build your career in construction. Depending on your previous experience and level, we can support you into a position within the construction industry.

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, successful candidates will not only gain relevant industry qualifications, but will be put forward for the opportunity to gain employment within these industry organisations.

What gives our routeways the edge? We have training facilities based in Darlington, with industry equipment, where you can learn hands on the practical skills needed to work in construction. These routeways are fantastic opportunities to get both practical skills and knowledge backed up by qualifications.

Construction Darlington

3 Week Course

You Will Gain

  • Construction Skills Level 1
  • Health and Safety Level 1
  • Construction Industry Awareness Level 2
  • CSCS Test & Laboureres Card
  • Mental Health in the Construction Industry

This course is fully funded for those aged 19 +

14 Week Course

You Will Gain

  • Gain Relevant Construction Skills in Bricklaying, Joinery, Plastering
  • Health and Safety Skills
  • 4 Weeks Work Experience with an Employer
  • Routeway to Apprenticeship

This course is fully funded for those aged 16 – 18

Beth's Success - From Trainee to Bricklaying Apprentice


Optimum Skills are offering apprenticeship pathways into the construction industry, with Bricklaying L2, Joinery L2, and Property Maintenance L2. Our specialist tutors will be on hand to assist on 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 the 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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