Building Opportunities

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, colleges 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.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Eileen Sheerin
Contact Position
0161 283 4832
Building Opportunities

Alongside construction activities, we teach basic numeracy, literacy and some outdoor education provision. We also offer BTEC and Ascentis qualifications in a range of specialist areas including:

  • Joinery and carpentry
  • Brickwork
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Construction and the built environment

Where to go

Ashcroft School
Schools Hill

Building Opportunities is an outreach provision of Ashcroft School, an independent BESD School run by the Together Trust, a leading specialist education, community and care provider.

We are located close to Junction 27 of the M60 behind Kershaws Tannery and easily accessible by public transport. Parking is available to the left of the building, which is where you will find the entrance to Building Opportunities.

Our Stockport based facility allows students to engage with a better suited curriculum and gain confidence along the way.

Time / date details

When is it on
Term Time- Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4pm
Time of day
Session Information
Term Time- Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4pm

Other details


For further information regarding admissions, please contact us on 0161 475 0788 or 0161 283 4832


Referral required
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

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