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There is a range of training opportunities available to anyone who wants to get into the construction and built environment sector. Different routes and pathways will be open to everyone depending on the experience and qualifications that you already have, no matter what these are there is a route for you!

Routes into roles in the construction and built environment sectors and progression pathways include:

  • Short/taster courses – anything from 1 day to 2 weeks
  • Traineeships – 6-12 week courses that include practical work experience
  • Apprenticeships – trade, technical and professional including degree apprenticeships
  • Vocational qualifications/A Levels
  • Construction T Levels (Level 3 two year qualification, equivalent to 3 A Levels)
  • Construction Diplomas
  • National Diplomas and Certificates
  • Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs)
  • Foundation Degrees
  • Bachelor’s Degrees
  • Master’s Degrees
  • Chartered Status

With the construction and built environment sector offering so many wide and varied careers and job opportunities, there are also the training, skills, and professional development routes to go with them.

Local Training Courses


For more info on local courses in the Greater Exeter area visit our Training Directory.

Exeter College is a large, thriving and Ofsted Outstanding college, which places teaching, learning and student success as their top priority. They welcome students of all ages and abilities. Their construction programmes are designed to be engaging and lead to promising career routes, allowing you to reach your full potential.

The University of Exeter is a member of the Russell Group and they combine teaching excellence and high levels of student satisfaction with world class research. They offer degree apprenticeships, including Civil Engineering:

South Devon College is recognised by employers and students alike as one of the top Further Education and Tertiary Colleges in England. Our mission is to ‘Inspire our community through learning for all’ – We work with over 1000 employers and have over 1600 active apprentices on programme.

Our extensive and ever-growing construction programmes offer our students the best possible start in their construction careers ranging from beginner levels all the way up to our degree level apprenticeships.

Our Business Solutions team are here to support business communities grow and develop their workforce for the future.

Train4All is a specialist provider of training for the Engineering and Construction industry.  Offering a range of qualifications and bespoke training programmes to learners and employers across Somerset, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall. Programmes include Apprenticeships, Traineeships, NVQs, CSCS, SSSTS and SMSTS Training, Short Skill DIY Courses, Supervisory & Management, Health & Safety, and, Armed Forces Resettlement Programmes.  We cater for a wide and diverse range of training needs, whether you’re an employer looking to up skill your workforce or an individual looking to start on the ladder or gain further qualifications to take the next steps forward.

Bicton College is based in East Devon in an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast. As part of the Cornwall College Group, Bicton is part of the largest education and training provider in the region with a proven track recorded of over 10,00 apprentices in 10 years. Situated within an idyllic and practical landscape, they offer a host of training courses at different levels to best suit you.

The Focus Training Group are a leading Training and Apprenticeship provider with facilities throughout the heart of the South West. As an Independent Training Provider, they ensure all of their Lecturers and Assessors have roots to the Industries they teach in allowing for an enriched learning experience with valuable insight into the work environments they are pursuing. With the group having been established for 20 years they are known as a reputable provider and have obtained an OFSTED good rating in line with this.

PGL Training is a professional training company offering a comprehensive range of courses. All of their lecturers are extensively trained and have experience from site so you know you are receiving the best possible teaching when you come to PGL. Their team are friendly and professional and will always be available to discuss any particulars regarding your course.   Whether you are a young learner looking for an apprenticeship, newcomer to industry, industry professional or unemployed and looking to retrain, contact PGL if you require any advice and guidance with your career and training.

Petroc is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. They are extremely passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, communities and businesses in Devon and beyond. Excellence through learning is at the heart of what the college does. Petroc is made up of three campuses situated in Mid and North Devon, and offers a wide range of courses for students of all ages and abilities including A-levels, vocational courses, T-levels, degrees, apprenticeships, industry short courses and recreational courses.

Trans Plant Mastertrain is a professional training company delivering a wide range of practical and theoretical training courses. Their HGV/LGV training is renowned in Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, and the whole of the south west for providing a quality service with a unique off-road practice training area on-site. Their service includes all aspects of LGV / HGV Training, Construction Plant, Forklift, Apprenticeships, Driver CPC, and much more. Trans Plant Master Train’s training centre is ideally situated inside The Livestock Centre on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, Exeter

With over 11 years’ experience in the construction industry, Greenlight Training specialises in delivering construction apprenticeships and work closely with some of the South West’s key employers, helping you get the greenlight on your career. Their experienced and fully qualified instructors deliver a wide range of courses from approved bodies such as CITB, IOSH, HABC, MHFA and UKTA. Some of the courses delivered include SSSTS, SMSTS, Health & Safety Awareness, IOSH Managing Safely, First Aid, Fire Safety and Asbestos Training.

Shared Apprenticeships employ entry-level construction apprentices from the local community on flexible work placements with contractors in the area and see them through to completion with a local college or training provider. Their apprentices are in L2 Trades and L3/L4 Technical and Management roles, and most are aged 16-21 so they provide HR management, a Mentor for guidance, and Early Careers Manager for academic supervision.  Shared Apprenticeships are a not-for-profit social enterprise and can help if you want to ‘grow your own’, but don’t have the capacity to recruit, employ, find college provision, mentor, and support a young apprentice through to completion. Please get in touch for an informal chat.

The Devon and Cornwall Training Providers Network Ltd, is a not-for-profit organisation and covers both Devon and Cornwall, providing a voice for the training provider sector, as well as giving practical support and partnership opportunities for Members. The Network enjoys a diverse Membership, with 50+ members from across both counties, and includes, two universities, five colleges of further education, Careers South West, National Careers Service, and a wide range of independent training providers.

Training Costs

For more info on finding the right course and help with costs visit:

Visit the Go Construct Website

Essential Training

This includes Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS courses. For further information click below:

Visit the Train4All Website


For more information on apprenticeships click the button below:

Visit the Apprenticeships page