Construction

The construction industry is an opportunity to get hands-on work in a fast-paced environment. The industry-wide skills shortage means there is a demand for the next generation of construction specialists, so it’s an exciting time to qualify and bring fresh ideas to the sector!

Our specialist Stephen Burke Construction Academy in Swadlincote tailors to all learner needs, offering a range of courses, from entry level through to higher education, including: 

  • Carpentry and Joinery (Site & Bench) 
  • Bricklaying
  • Electrical Installation 
  • Plumbing and Gas Engineering
  • Construction Skills 
  • Construction Professional Studies 

All staff are qualified to the highest industry standards in their trade of expertise. Staff are able to share their experiences of working within the industry to enhance your knowledge. 

During your course, you’ll have the chance to enter into national competitions to perfect your skills further. Skills competitions give students the opportunity to shine in their chosen field, with BSDC learners taking first place in Plumbing and Bricklaying in recent years!

Career options

  • Bench Joiner
  • Plumber
  • Bricklayer
  • Wood Machinist
  • Builder
  • Maintenance Operative
  • Building Surveyor
  • Carpenter or Joiner
  • Construction Site Manager
  • Electrician
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Fitter
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Bricklayer
play Adam Piper, Joinery Apprentice

“An apprenticeship gives you experience as well as the qualification which is what most companies are after. I would like to work my way up and become the boss one day so I can help apprentices where I am now to learn the trade.”


 Plumbing Apprentice and HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year

“To win the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition was so overwhelming. I really enjoy my apprenticeship and would like to be a heating engineer in the future.”



Contact Details

Contact Details


Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

Town Centre Campus


Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

Stephen Burke Construction Academy


Construction Academy, 21 Tetron Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 OBB