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Automotive and Construction

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Hands-on training using industry standard facilities and resources.

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For those who love cars and want to pursue a career in the automotive industry, we offer a range of qualifications which allow students to develop hands-on training in vehicle maintenance, repair and refinishing. Our workshops based at our Aberdeen Altens and Fraserburgh Campuses ensure that students work closely with specialist equipment, gaining extensive experience when it comes to working with many different types of vehicle.

It’s more important now than ever before that you are thoroughly equipped for the working world and hold a relevant, recognised qualification. As well as practical work, a key aspect in your training will involve quality standards and professional competence to ensure you are well aware of workshop procedures and health and safety. Our workshops are set up to replicate, as closely as possible, a realistic working environment found in the automotive industry.

As an automotive student, you’ll find that classes are often given the opportunity to get involved in competitions, group projects and fundraising work. For example, full-time groups often plan and arrange car washing exercises and raise funds for a good cause. Students also take part in inter-group competitions, as well as competing in national competitions and events. A prime example of this was past success at the Knockhill Racing Circuit, where a group of full-time students competed against colleges from all over the UK to carry out a ‘pit stop’ on a racing car. Students had to race against the clock to change tyres and a nose cone, and NESCol were placed 2nd overall!


We have automotive laboratories based at our Aberdeen Altens and Fraserburgh Campuses. They are a fantastic resource, allowing students to work on real vehicles and really get to grips with their studies by putting theory into practice! Both automotive labs are large and feature key operational equipment, where students can work on family hatchbacks, saloons, estate cars and convertibles.

In the Aberdeen Altens Campus, students have access to a fully equipped paint shop which includes paint mixing equipment, a spray booth, the latest Devilbliss spray guns and panel preparation equipment. Water-based paints are used, and can effectively match the paint colour of 99% of vehicles on the road. Using this equipment, students are taught basic paint preparation, masking, how to apply primer, and how to mix and apply colour.

Across all Campuses we adhere strictly to policies and practices to ensure that these are safe and secure environments in which our students can thrive.

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The construction sector continues to be a major employer in the North East of Scotland and throughout the rest of the country. As a result there are many employment opportunities in this sector ranging from skilled crafts work and general operative positions to the managerial side of things, too.

North East Scotland College provides a wide range of courses that help to meet the training requirements of companies throughout the construction industry. The purpose-built facilities at the Aberdeen Altens and Fraserburgh Campuses provide students with an excellent learning environment, meaning that whether you are cementing a wall, fixing a leak or building a bench, you will be using top of the range equipment and resources in a safe and secure environment.

Our full-time Introduction to Construction course is a great option for those who want to experience each of the four trade disciplines whilst completing core skills training. This range of course content helps students to decide which of the main trade disciplines they would prefer to continue to train in.

Those who are interested in securing apprenticeships in the construction industry can either apply directly to companies, or industry bodies will set up the selection, placement and training of apprentices. The training organisations that NESCol has close links with are the Construction Industry Training Board (C.I.T.B), and the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (S.N.I.P.E.F). Companies that employ apprentices in the carpentry & joinery, painting & decorating, bricklaying and plumbing trades send their apprentices to College to study for the SVQ qualifications that each trade apprentice must achieve to become fully qualified.

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After apprentices have completed their mandatory College training, some choose to develop their knowledge and skills further and apply for an Advanced Craft course, such as HNC Built Environment. This course offers strong sector-related training which will allow candidates to acquire the attributes and capabilities needed for educational and professional progression in the sector.

The Construction team at NESCol also delivers a Skills for Work course aimed at school pupils. This gives them the opportunity to experience the trade areas they could enter as an employed apprentice after leaving school, allowing them to make a more informed decision about their future educational/professional path.


Our construction facilities offer students a range of opportunities to develop their trade capabilities and experience various aspects of construction in a safe and controlled environment.

At our Fraserburgh Campus you’ll find a large General Building Workshop, which include multiple large roofing, lock brick and slab work areas, as well as dedicated joinery and painting and decorating areas. Our Aberdeen Altens Campus is home to a large brickwork workshop, which also has a smaller adjacent workshop and a number of plumbing, joinery, painting and decorating work areas which are equipped with the latest in industry standard fittings and machinery.

Our purpose-built plumbing facility at the Aberdeen Altens Campus is fully-equipped to train and guide students using the very latest industry standard tools and equipment. The quality of teaching and guidance students receive is supported by our excellent External Verifier reports, which clearly demonstrate that for many years, we perform among the best in Scotland.

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