Building Opportunities

Full Time Inset Days Part Time Term Time

Building Opportunities is a service which is run by Ashcroft School. We offer students aged 14 to 19, who have struggled with the traditional school or college placements opportunities to enter one of the fastest growing industries – construction.

We have developed a provision offering a number of construction based vocational activities. These offer students the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications at levels 1 and 2 in a range of specialist areas.

The centre is registered to deliver Ascentis and BTEC qualifications which allow us to design tailored packages to meet the needs and interests of each individual student. Not only do we focus on gaining skills, we incorporate relationship building, personal growth and development in the context of a strong real world work ethic as well as teaching complementary skills such as IT, technical literacy and numeracy skills. By delivering core learning around personal development, students not only gain experience, they gain interpersonal skills too – opening up even more opportunities!

Building Opportunities is perfect for students who are interested in practical activities. We work with schools, academies and studio schools, free schools, special schools, PRUs and local authorities to provide opportunities for individual students or classes to spend  half/ whole days with us and undertake programmes of study, resulting in Level 1 and Level 2 outcomes in ‘Construction and the Built Environment’.

At Building Opportunities, we work with students in a way that enables them to understand the benefits of hard-work and dedication by giving tailored advice and quality support, providing a backdoor route into academia.

If you would like further details on any of the options available, please contact us on: 0161 475 0788 or 0161 283 4832 or visit

Age 14 to 19 years
Cost For further information regarding admissions, please contact us on 0161 475 0788 or 0161 283 4832
Referral details We welcome contact from parents, carers, students and other professionals who are seeking placements at Building Opportunities. This gives us the opportunity to explain more about ourselves and to answer any questions that you may have. Further information regarding admissions can be found by searching ‘Ashcroft admissions’ on For more information or to arrange a visit please contact our reception on 0161 283 4832 or email us at
Special provisions Building Opportunities is the first stage in helping students to prepare for a career within that industry. By delivering core learning around personal development, students not only gain experience, they gain interpersonal skills too – opening up even more opportunities!At Building Opportunities we offer students the opportunity to gain construction qualifications, with students able to achieve awards and certificates up to Level 2. We are a registered centre to deliver Ascentis and BTEC qualifications. This way we can choose a tailored package to meet the needs and interests of each individual student.The BTEC Specialist qualifications are work-related on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and have a proven track record for improving motivation and achievement as well as providing students with a clear line of sight into work.Ascentis is an awarding body who offers a range of Level 1 and 2 Award courses for students that would like to focus in one of the following areas; woodwork, groundwork, plumbing, trowel skills or painting & decorating. With the help and guidance of our dedicated team, each student will complete a ‘Personal Work Skills’ Induction which covers the attitudes and appropriate dress in the workplace to ensure the correct level of safety. Students also receive specific task related safety training when using hand tools and electronically operated equipment.
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- Term Time- Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4pm

Monday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

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