Building Trades

McSence Training Services provides Building Trades training opportunities under The “Get Ready for Work” programme for 16 – 17 years old and the “Future Jobs Fund” programme for 18 – 24 years old.

Each course is a 26 weeks, 30 hours per week programme aimed at helping youngsters get a “head start” into the construction industry by providing basic training in the Electrical, Plumbing and Painting and Decorating trades.

While on the programme, the trainees get information on health & safety connected to the industry, identifying and using tools, teamwork, communication, employability and I.T. plus work in our purpose built training bays in McSence Business Enterprise Park where they learn about various aspects of the trades.

They learn how to identify the tools which are used during training, work on identifying the common names for the tools and equipment used in the various trades and how to use them correctly and in a safe manner and how to measure and cut materials.

The trainees soon “find their feet” and are soon involved in learning the basic skills making full use of the purpose built training bays:-

  • Painting and Decorating

The trainees learn about the application of both emulsion and gloss paints, the process involved in hanging lining and wall paper and preparing their work area and clearing up after the work is completed.



  • Electrical

In the electrical bays they learn about measuring and fitting trunking and conduit and the reasons behind this, sockets and switches and how to connect these and after completion check it by fitting light bulbs to see if they actually work.



  • Plumbing

In the plumbing bays it’s all about identifying and measuring the pipework required to fit the sink units, radiators, basins, shower units and toilet bowls and after assembly do an air test to check if everything is correctly fitted and tight and if so, turn on the water and check for any leaks that might appear.



It has been explained to the trainees that it is generally recognised that they will do more “hands on” work and gain more experience during the six months on the programme than an apprentice would receive during the first year of an apprenticeship.

The trainees also have the advantage of doing a work experience placement with a local company where they can put what they have learned to good use and also learn from a tradesperson what is involved in the day-to-day work routine.

If you would like to help by offering a placement for one of our trainees which comes free of charge please contact us. Please click here for further information on taking part in the programme as an employer.