Employability Programme in Construction (EPIC) City and Guilds

What is special about this course?

This programme has been developed as a direct result of industry demand with the backing of local construction companies.  It will help you to become ‘work ready’ through completing a Certificate of Work Readiness. You will also have the opportunity to gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card which can provide you with industry accreditation.

Entry requirements

  • Progressing students
  • Successful completion of Access to Construction and Engineering and bridging maths
  • Satisfactory interview
  • School leavers
  • 3 National 4 qualifications
  • SFW Construction would also be an advantage
  • Mature students
  • Relevant post school education and training 


The programme will cover essential aspects of workshop practice and hand skills such as:

  • Health and safety
  • Hand and power tools
  • NPA Construction
  • CSCS card
  • Work placement with local employer
  • Preparing for employment – employability and enterprise
  • Certificate of Work Readiness

The programme will prepare candidates for the work placements which they will embark on in semester two of the academic year.

The course has added value in that candidates have the opportunity to develop core employability, enterprise and citizenship skills through enterprise activities.  Students will also have the chance to study towards a Certificate of Work Readiness along with a 190 work placement developed through Skills Development Scotland.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

The course will be delivered entirely on a face-to-face basis for all theoretical and practical units.  The programme will be delivered in a practical setting which replicates an industrial environment in the College’s Construction workshops.  In semester two of the academic session, students will undertake a work placement (190 hours).

How long will my course last?

One Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Higher Level course and Civil Engineering
  • Enhanced career prospects as a modern apprenticeship or in full time employment

Students will receive a full, tradesman's quality tool-kit at the start of the course that can be kept upon successful completion of the course. Full PPE kit included.

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