Skillsbuild is a construction training centre in Whitwood, Castleford where we support people by providing them with construction skills that they can take into the workplace and develop throughout the rest of their lives.

We offer learning opportunities for young people who are 14+ and looking to access alternative prevision as part of their school curriculum as well as people 16+ who currently are not in employment, education or training wishing to develop a trade. 

The courses are delivered by Skillsbuild and various partners including Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and various local academies.

We run a number of training programmes:

  • Alternative Provision: Specialised construction training for 14-16 year olds
  • Re-engagement Construction Training: an alternative to classroom teaching that uses construction as a way back into the learning environment
  • Level 1 Bricklaying and Joinery qualifications (C&G)
  • Level 2 Joinery qualifications (C&G)
  • Traineeships in construction
  • Step up in to Construction

Staff are approachable and enthusiastic, which encourages and motivates learners to fully engage and feel supported.

Learners work towards functional skills qualifications in English and maths alongside their chosen subject. Literacy, numeracy, social and leadership skills are also embedded into their theory and practical work to enhance their transferable skills.

Employability sessions are delivered as part of some programmes however, all learners will receive advice and guidance on further study or employment opportunities.

The majority of our learners progress to further education after completing their programme with us and many go on to secure an apprenticeship or employment within the industry. 

For more information call 01924 831733 or email

Step Up Into Construction

Right now, there are new jobs in the construction industry for trained workers. Jobs like Joiners, Bricklayers, Plumbers, Electricians, Civil Engineers, Building Service Engineers, Site Supervisors, Contract Managers and Project Managers. £1million is to be invested to address the need for more skilled workers in the Yorkshire Construction Industry.

This is your chance to find out how to be a part of it.

Step Up Into Construction is a collaborative partnership lead by Leeds College of Building. Together Housing and Newground Skillsbuild are part of this partnership. This was set up to deliver work placements, training, further education and employment in the construction industry in Yorkshire. A grant fund of £500k from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme (ESIF) 2014-2020 has been match funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to provide a total of £1million.

The project is designed to help support a growing need to attract more potential employees from across the Leeds City Region into the construction and associated industries. This is to meet skills gaps in craft and professional occupations within the industry such as Carpenters & Joiners, Bricklayers, Plumbers, Electricians, Civil & Building Service Engineers and management expertise such as Site Supervisors, Contract Managers and Project Managers.

As a partnership, Step Up Into Construction will be offering:

Information, Advice & Guidance 560 participants
Employability Skills and BKSB 476 participants
BKSB Maths and English (with support)  23 participants
Tasters in Construction trades 500 participants
Health & Safety training 300 participants
Acquisition of CSCS cards 200 participants
Work experience and site visits 300 participants
Progression into Employment 190 participants

Awareness events will be held across the Leeds City Region for participants and employers to get involved. Other local partners working on the project include Groundwork and Wakefield College.

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For more information call 01924 831733 or email