Construction and homebuilding

The construction and homebuilding sectors account for approximately 3 million jobs. Collab Group colleges all offer comprehensive provision in this sector with many purpose-built centres in specialities like scaffolding, bricklaying, plastering and decorating and more.

Collab Group colleges have developed a partnership with Build UK to design and run the innovative Bridge into construction course an entry-level talent programme for recruits into the construction industry. Collab Group has won a number of contracts with major construction employers to deliver bespoke and customisable national apprenticeships services.

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The construction and housebuilding sectors comprise over 280,000 businesses and cover some 2.93 million jobs—equivalent to 10% of the entire UK workforce.

The industry continues to grow but attracting and retaining highly-skilled talent remains a significant issue. The challenge is not just about articulating the skills that are needed today, but there is a need to anticipate the demand for skills 5,10 or 15 years down the line. These pressures combine with significant skills gaps and an ageing workforce. The sector is experiencing significant demographic challenges: 22% of the workforce is over 50, and 15% are in their 60s.

Construction is also changing due to advances in technology, building information modelling and modular building have created the need for a highly skilled and adaptable workforce.

These changes require the construction industry to be able to access new, highly skilled talent, especially those that might never have considered a career in construction. This is where Collab Group colleges are uniquely able to help by providing employers with access to a large talent pool of over 600,000 learners.

Collectively our colleges are working to provide a joined up training service for national employers with a dedicated account manager and single point of contact. Our colleges can offer a comprehensive training service for construction employers leading from entry-level trades through to degree apprenticeships.

We have also developed the innovative Bridge into Construction programme which is a unique entry-level programme for new talent looking to enter the construction industry.

Collab Group colleges will play a key role in helping the construction and housebuilding sectors address their broader workforce development needs. We know how to work with major national employers to allow them to utilise their apprenticeship levy. We can work with you to provide a seamless single managed service that can take care of all of your training and staff development needs.

Why Choose Collab Group

Why Choose Collab Group

Delivering high quality construction courses

Collab Group colleges are experts in delivering high-quality construction courses. We have developed innovative entry-level pathways into construction through our Bridge Into Construction Programme, and we can provide services to upskill staff through a range of flexible provisions. Our construction courses cover popular apprenticeship standards that can be customised to your business needs.

Our Clients

We work with some of the biggest employers in the industry to provide them with a skills and talent pipeline.

  • kier-group
  • wates
  • keepmoat-homes
  • bellway

Case Studies

Read the story of the young man that got inspired by his grandad who had an international construction company!

Grandad inspires John to build a career in professional construction

Grandad inspires John to build a career in professional construction

Grandad inspires learner to enter career into construction

Technical trainee John Mann was so impressed by his granddad’s stories about professional construction that he decided to go into the industry himself.

The Chellaston teenager was inspired after hearing how his grandfather’s business, JAG Construction, was behind the “first shopping mall in Dubai” and operated in countries across the world.

Courses Offered By Our Members

Our college network can deliver a range of training programmes at both higher and lower levels in areas including construction and the built environment, construction management, painting and decorating and more.


Construction and the built environment

The courses give an opportunity for learners to experience a range of building services, engineering activities and craft construction.


Construction management

From project scheduling to cost control and budgeting, students will learn essential knowledge to pursue a career in the field.


Chartered Surveyor

Students will learn all the professional requirements to assure the quality of their survey, with high standards for ethical conduct and competence related standards.



These short courses are entirely hands on, learning aspects of bricklaying like setting out building lines to covering brick and block work.


Painting and Decorating

Hands on, in-depth training designed to build student’s skills gradually until the applied skills become second nature.

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