Engineering and Construction Employability Essentials

What is special about this course?

The Engineering and Construction Employability Essentials programme aims to help young people into employment  by providing essential training that will give candidates the knowledge, skills and certification to progress into sustained employment within the engineering/construction sector.

The programme will help young people who are looking to move into employment either through a modern apprenticeship or other recognised route to be more work ready from the outset.  The programme has been agreed locally with engineering and construction employers to ensure relevance.

The programme directly supports the needs of local employers ensuring that young people can enter the labour market with aspiration, skills and experience.

Entry requirements

Prospective learners must demonstrate an interest in a career in engineering or construction.

The course will consist of three elements:

  • Employability Skills

    These have been selected after engaging with local employers and will drive the 'can do' attitude that they require young people to have prior to working within their organisations:

  • Maintaining good timekeeping and attendance
  • Maintaining a tidy work place
  • Seeking feedback and advice
  • Following instructions
  • Working co-operatively with others
  • Selecting and using tools correctly and for the purpose they were designed
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment correctly and working safely
  • Following basic drawings correctly
  • Checking quality of work
  • Working to agreed deadlines
  • Organising work effectively
  • Working confidently
  • Willingness to learn new skills or techniques
  • Working independently
  • Reflecting on own performance
  • Understanding added value (doing work and material costs)
  • Industry Standard Training and Certification:

    This will consist of a suite of training courses that will lead to statutory certification these include:

  • Health & Safety Awareness
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Hand & Power Tools
  • First Aid (1/2 day)
  • Manual Handling
  • Working at Heights
  • Risk Assessment/Permit to Work
  • Understanding COSHH assessment


  • Engineering skills: hand skills, basic engineering maintenance activity, fundamental material cutting/forming and joining skills, electrical and electronic and undertaking an engineering project. 
  • Construction skills: using construction tools and materials, setting out and undertaking a construction project.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Short course

How long will my course last?

5 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

Monday 10th July - Friday 11th August


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


Training allowance – anybody who is 18 and under, is eligible for the allowance, £55 a week, as long as they are not in education or employment or in receipt of DWP benefits. This allowance will be paid directly to the trainee from the college. Anybody who is 19 or over and completed a successful interview with JCP+, may be eligible for an allowance which will be paid by JCP+. Travel Costs – If the candidates are receiving the training allowance from the college, they are eligible to claim back their travel costs. Candidates are required to pay the first £3 of the travel costs each week. The preferred method of travel is public transport, but where this is not available they will be reimbursed 0.22p/mile for use of their own car. Candidates are required to complete travel document from Skills Development Scotland, and help will be given with this on commencement of course. Candidates who are in receipt of JCP+ allowance will have their travel paid for by JCP+.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Employment in the engineering or construction sector either through a modern apprenticeship or other recognised route
  • This programme may help you to progress onto a full time or part time college course

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