In our Centre of Excellence for Construction and Engineering, you’ll start to build the skills base required for a fully developed career in the construction and engineering sector. With construction currently booming in Manchester, demand is high for highly skilled tradesmen, from architects to joiners and plumbers, meaning there are endless career opportunities for you to consider.  

You’ll be learning in a fully simulated working environment with industry standard equipment, which includes 25 specialist construction workshops and bespoke areas for scaffolding, refrigeration and fire sprinkler installation to name a few. 

Depending on your level of study you will also complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or more than one employer, this can either be completed in separate days throughout your course or in a single block.  You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Construction and Engineering you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career.

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Construction and Engineering you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence for Construction and Engineering will open doors to the numerous careers that exist in construction. These range from a joiner, a career with an average yearly salary of £25,000, to an engineering technician with an average yearly salary of £35,000.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.

The work placements have allowed me to meet with professionals and apprentice providers in the industry. I have gained valuable experience.
Jenny Middleton

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If you're aged 16-18 with an ambition to work in either the Construction or Engineering industry, join our online events to find out how studying in our Centre of Excellence in Construction & Engineering will help prepare you for a career in the industry. 

Our tutors and current students will tell you all about the courses and excellent work placement opportunities we have to offer. 

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