The planning, design, construction and maintenance of the built environment requires highly skilled and creative individuals. St-Eds Training Centre provides the knowledge, skills and opportunity to become that person.
The Multi-Skilled Construction Course teaches students how the construction industry works, introducing them to the skills and knowledge required to achieve a successful and well paid career in this dynamic sector.
This broad-skills course covers training in carpentry, bricklaying, painting and decorating, plumbing and tiling. Students learn about the construction process from start to finish. And by working closely with our partner employers and sponsors, they get the opportunity to apply newly-learned skills to real projects.
The Multi-Skilled Construction Course provides a springboard to those wishing to work as a traditional tradesperson/craftsperson, or those seeking employment within the planning, management or development of the built environment.
“I love when my students have gained the practical skills and knowledge to complete tasks with competence and initiative. This shows they have grown in self-esteem and gained confidence in their abilities. It allows them to complete their assessments to a high standard”.
Stacey Williams – Senior Painting & Decorating Tutor
Meet Your Tutors
Richard Brown – Carpentry
Richard is a Senior Tutor at St-Eds, teaching carpentry. His journey began when he met Lorraine (the St Eds CEO), who invited him to volunteer at Bull Close, fitting out the workshop for what was then the start of St-Eds Training Centre. Richard began to teach carpentry, at the time with just one other tutor, and has been at St-Eds ever since. Richard thoroughly enjoys his position as a Senior Tutor, helping young people to develop their carpentry skills. His qualifications include City and Guilds Level 4 Carpentry & Joinery, as well as City & Guilds in Wood Machining. Richard has completed a PTTLE Teaching qualification, Level 1 IT and is working towards his Assessors Award.
Will Barrett – Bricklaying
Will teaches bricklaying at St-Eds. He began working in the building trade when he left school at 17 and completed a 2-year apprenticeship in bricklaying with Persimmon Homes, gaining a NVQ Level 2 and Intermediate Construction Award in bricklaying. Since completing his apprenticeship, Will has worked on many big projects around the country, both new builds and renovations. He’s been a tutor at St-Eds since October 2016 and enjoys the challenges that the role presents. Will loves the opportunity to make a difference and to become a positive influence in the lives of young people, whilst helping them learn valuable skills that will benefit them through their lives and professional careers.
Stacey Williams – Painting & Decorating
Stacey is the St-Eds Senior Painting and Decorating Tutor. She is a qualified NVQ Level 3 Decorator, having begun her construction career at seventeen, when she enrolled at college. Shortly after, Stacey secured a 3-year apprenticeship with one of Norfolk and Suffolk’s largest decorating contractors, where she achieved numerous awards, including Apprentice of the Year. During her career, she has worked as a Painting Supervisor, as well as running her own decorating business. Stacey sees a lot of herself in the young people that she teaches and takes great pride in passing on the knowledge and skills that she has gained over the years.
John Craig – Plumbing
John is the Plumbing Tutor at St-Eds. He left school at the age of sixteen to join the British Army and completed twenty-four years service, achieving the rank of Senior Sergeant Major. John trained as a Pumber in the army, before leaving the armed forces and moving to Norfolk. He has worked extensively in the plumbing, heating and renewable energy sector, mastering many skills and achieving numerous qualifications along the way. John has worked at St-Eds for over three years teaching plumbing to students as part of the Multi-Skills Construction Course. He is also currently studying to become a gas engineer.
Gary Harrison – Tiling
Gary is a Senior Tutor at St-Eds and also our Multi-Skills Construction Tutor, primarily focussing on Tiling. Gary has been with St-Eds since early 2015. Before joining the team at St-Eds, Gary had his own business for almost 20 years specialising in tiling and painting and decorating. He specialised in heritage work and picked up many skills along the way. Gary was also a qualified Chef for the best part of 15 years and therefore this enables him to step in for catering. He is very enthusiastic of passing his skills onto the younger generation.