Opening Doors | Introduction to Green Construction and Maintenance

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: East Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements tab

Why this course?

Aerial view of the carpentry workshop with students working in the background

This three-week course offers a practical introduction to carpentry and plumbing, plus a sustainability based project. You'll be taught at our state-of-the-art construction training centre at Brighton MET's East Brighton Campus.

Upon successful completion, you'll gain a Level 1 qualification in Basic Construction Skills. We will also support you with your CSCS test preparation and have partnered with FS UK to assist you with your CSCS card application. 

You will also meet contractors and take part in site visits at live sites across the city to build your professional network. 

We can support you with work experience opportunities and trials and have a dedicated Apprenticeship team who can assist with applications for apprenticeships in the construction industry. Brighton MET also offers support with CV writing to help boost your employability skills.

Please note this course is FREE to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Please see the Cost & Finance tab for more information. 

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE2018-1C 06 Mar 2023 East Brighton Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm 3 weeks £0.00 Apply
FE2021-1C 17 Apr 2023 East Brighton Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm 3 weeks £0.00 Apply

Entry requirements

If the following criteria apply, you qualify for one our FREE Opening Doors programmes:

  • 19+
  • Unemployed and claiming a means tested benefit*
  • Employed and earning less than £18,525 per annum*
  • If English is not your first language, your language will be at Entry Level 3 or above
  • If you are not UK citizen, you will need to provide a confirmation of EU settlement status or a valid visa

*see Cost & Finance tab for more information

Entry requirements

Course fees

Our Opening Doors courses are free to those currently unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit. 

You will need to provide evidence of your benefit in order to receive a fee waiver for this course. 

We accept the following Means Tested benefits for this course: 

  • Universal Credit
  • JSA
  • ESA
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Council Tax Benefit (not reduction)
  • Pension Credit 

Please note we cannot accept DLA, Carers Allowance, PIP or Tax Credits. 

This course is also free to those who are currently employed and earning less than £18,525 annual gross salary. You will be required to provide evidence of this in order to receive a fee waiver for this course.

We accept the following evidence: 

  • P60
  • Last 3 months payslips
  • Tax Credit notice (for self employed)

Please note you will also need to bring photo ID to your enrolment. 

The amount a person can earn from their wages has gone up, it is now less than £494 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £782 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner).

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