Highbury is one of the top providers of construction training in the country. We offer flexible, hands-on programmes to provide all the skills you need in this exciting and expanding sector.

Our Northarbour Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the South East with industry standard workshops, realistic working environments and a specialist construction library.

All training facilities have been endorsed by our employers and the top awarding bodies. The college employs teachers and assessors who have all worked in the industry and have also achieved their teacher/training/assessor qualification.

You’ll also be encouraged to use your skills to make a contribution to the local community. For example, students have recently been building a bandstand at Merchistoun Hall, home of Horndean Community Centre, gaining valuable on-site experience.


Take their word for it…

Michelle Clark – Level 1 Plastering at Highbury College
I took up plastering because I wanted a trade and I love working with my hands. There are not enough women in plastering and there's money to be made. Eventually I want to become self-employed.

– Michelle Clark | Level 1 Plastering

Corinne Golding – Apprentice Painter & Decorator with Highbury College
I had been working for Tesco for six years and I didn't know what I wanted to do. I started looking around for Apprenticeships and found Baker Southern. It means I can get some money while I'm learning. I love it!

– Corinne Golding | Apprentice
Painter & Decorator

Just the job

The construction industry is constantly changing, with new building techniques being introduced all the time. The industry needs well qualified and skilled people at all levels in a wide variety of disciplines including bricklaying, carpentry, decorating, plastering, plumbing, electrical and tiling. Progression through higher education could lead to professional qualifications including architect, building, land or quantity surveyor, civil or structural engineer and project/site manager. Students who complete a Level 1 and a Level 2 could progress to an apprenticeship. Senior quantity surveyors can earn upwards of £45,000 and construction managers around £39,000 while project managers could pick up £19.50 an hour, foremen £14 an hour, and carpenters & bricklayers £11 an hour.