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Construction and building qualifications

Take advantage of the many building opportunities in Derbyshire and get qualified in construction, plastering, bricklaying or dry stone walling.


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Courses are run from our Training and Skills for Construction Centre (TASCC) in Holmewood, from the Toolbox in Gamesley and Derbyshire Eco Centre in Wirksworth.

Build a career in construction

Gain essential skills for working in the industry and work towards a nationally recognised qualification. Learn from our specialist tutors in our construction trades centres at The Toolbox, near Glossop or the Training and Skills for Construction Centre (TASCC) at Holmewood, near Clay Cross.

Courses offered starting this summer term:

Certificate in building crafts (multi-crafts) level 1 - TASCC

This course is for those with no experience of construction trade crafts who want to learn skills and knowledge of the trade.

Plastering level 1 - The Toolbox

This course is for people with no experience of plastering to gain a Level 1 certificate to be able to progress onto our Level 2 Diploma.

Diploma in bricklaying level 2 - TASCC

This course is for those with some experience in construction, who want to gain the level 2 diploma to enable them to work in the industry.

Diploma in plastering level 2 – The Toolbox / TASCC

This course is for people with some experience of plastering to gain a level 2 diploma qualification to be able to work in the industry.

Courses may be free if you are employed and earn less than £17,374.

For courses at the Toolbox contact Glossop ACE Centre email glossop.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 535895.

For courses at TASCC contact Clay Cross ACE Centre email claycross.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 537108

LANTRA level 1 and level 2 dry stone walling courses (Derbyshire Eco Centre)

Lantra level 1

Accredited courses for those with some experience of dry stone walling and want to gain basic knowledge and skills to repair dry stone walls to a satisfactory standard. 

  • autumn course: starts 8 August 2022 (5 weeks), Induction session week 1 then Mondays and Tuesdays over 4 more weeks, culminating in a test day on Friday 21 October 2022
  • spring course: starts 17 April 2023 (5 weeks), Induction session week 1 then Mondays and Tuesdays over 4 more weeks, culminating in a test day on Friday 7 July 2023

Band A and B £416, Band C £220, 9am to 4.30pm, 10 days, 70 hours (5 weeks)

Lantra level 2

This course is recommended for learners who hold the level 1 dry stone walling qualification and have substantial experience of walling. Developing skills learnt on level 1, you will be able to build a wall, a wall end (cheek end) and improve the quality and skill of your work. This course will provide you with accredited training if you are working as a dry stone waller, conserving our landscape. 

Starts April 2023 (induction session week 1 then Thursdays and Fridays over 6 more weeks, culminating in a test day on Monday 17 July 2023).

Band A and B £577/ Band C £303, 9am to 4.30pm, 13 days (7 weeks).

For more information contact Derbyshire Eco Centre, email ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533038.

Being your own boss

Once you have a trade qualification, you can learn how to set yourself up in business, complete your tax returns, and find how to get additional start-up funding. The being your own boss course is delivered over 2 full days.

For information, please email: claycross.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 537108.