Construction Academies

Optimum Skills Construction Academy in Gateshead opened to support young people into careers in construction and bridge the skills gap within the construction industry.

Optimum Skills Construction Academy offers learners a hands-on experience. With opportunities and skill building in bricklaying, joinery, property maintenance, and roofing there are opportunities for everyone wanting to build a career in construction. Our dedicated construction team are experienced within the industry and can provide learners with the skills and knowledge needed to progress in future building careers!



Success Stories

Construction Traineeships

Optimum Skills are offering exciting opportunities to build your career in construction. We support young people across the region (Gateshead, Newcastle, and surrounding areas) into opportunities with local employers.

The construction academy has been opened to help fill the skills shortage within construction, which remains one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the UK. We are focused on training local talented individuals. Working alongside our employer partners, trainees will not only gain relevant industry experience but will progress into apprenticeship opportunities.

A traineeship prepares young people for their future careers, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to become work-ready. 6 to 14 weeks of learning, including work experience, practical lessons and distance learning.

What gives our traineeship the edge? We have training facilities based in Gateshead, with industry equipment, where you can learn hands-on the practical skills needed to work in construction. A traineeship is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical skills, work experience and knowledge backed up by industry recognised qualifications.

Construction Academy Trainee

“I joined the traineeship straight out of school after receiving my GCSE’s. I’ve gained knowledge of joinery and the skills to do it, joinery was something I knew I wanted to do. The benefits of doing a traineeship are that you get to practice the skills and then you’re able to apply them to a working environment. I’ve enjoyed doing something new as I’ve never done joinery, bricklaying, or roofing before.”

Natasha, Construction Traineeship
Construction Academy Trainee
“I was previously with another training provider who didn’t offer the support I needed. Since coming to Optimum Skills, I have learnt so much from the tutors and staff, and can’t wait to see what my future has in store. The traineeship has given me the opportunity to try all trades and build knowledge and skills.”
Rayhan, Construction Traineeship


Optimum Skills are offering apprenticeship pathways into the construction industry, with Bricklaying L2, Joinery L2, Property Maintenance L2, and Roofing L2. Our specialist tutors will be on hand to assist with all off-the-job learning at the Construction Academy. An apprenticeship in construction will mean that not only are you gaining all relevant qualifications, but also getting hands-on experience with your employer and at the Construction Academy. You’ll even be getting paid to do so! Find out more about the following apprenticeship pathways.

Apply to join Optimum Skills Construction Academy today

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