About Us

Who We Are

Newstart is a training centre based in Southwark, South East London that specialises in delivering Construction Skills training and Creative Craft courses:

Our courses include:

  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Wallpapering
  • Tiling

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Schools Programme

Newstart provides an Alternative Education provision for schools and other education organisations, leading to a qualification in Construction Skills and Creative Craft.

We deliver skills training and qualifications to young people who are at risk of not achieving any other qualification

The programme gives the student the skills and knowledge to progress into employment or further education, including apprenticeships. We deliver the following courses:

NCFE Award in Creative Craft Level 1 and 2.  (Construction and Woodwork)

NCFE programme helps learners to develop skills in Carpentry and Painting & Decorating which provides them with the underpinning knowledge of the trade.

The course includes the use of materials and resources, the safe use of tools and equipment and knowledge of the craft to enable them to progress to NVQs in their chosen skill area.

Constructing the Built Environment Level 1/2

The course gives the learner a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the construction industry

Skills Tasters

We deliver a taster programme which enables learners to sample a number of skill areas to help them decide a career pathway.

Tasters can be adapted to suit the requirements of the school or organisation.

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DIY Courses

Our DIY courses enable you to learn the basic skills in Carpentry and Painting & Decorating to help you tackle a range of tasks around the home.

The courses are designed for men and women who have little or no previous experience.

Introduction to Woodwork

A two day course for those with no previous experience of woodwork.

The course includes:

• Introduction to tools and equipment

• Measuring and marking out

• Cutting accurately

• Making wood joints

• Completing a project to take home.

Personal protective equipment, tools and materials are provided.

Course length:  2 days (12 hours)

Cost:  140:00

Introduction to Carpentry

This is an introductory course that introduces the learners to tools and equipment, and how to make woodworking joints and construct a small table to take home.

The course includes:

• Introducing tools and equipment – Uses and hazards

• Knowledge of woods, boards and materials

• Measuring, marking out and cutting timber

• Sharpening chisels and planes

• Cutting basic joints

• Making a table

All personal protection, tools and materials  supplied.

Course length:  4 days

Cost:  280:00

Painting & Decorating

The course covers the skills and knowledge required for a basic understanding of Painting & Decorating.

The course includes:

• Health & Safety and safe working practices

• Correct use of tools and equipment

• Preparing surfaces for painting

• Applying emulsion to walls using brushes and rollers

• Applying oil based paint

• Cutting in around doors, switches etc

• Cutting, pasting and hanging wallpapers.

Course length:  4 days (6 hours per day)

Cost:  280:00

Please contact us for times and dates of the next course.

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To find out more about our Schools Programmes or any of our DIY Courses, get in touch by sending us a message.

Look forward to hearing from you!