The FIS North West Regional Contractors Forum took place in Central Manchester on the 22nd January 2020. Our group was hosted by Transport for Greater Manchester and we were treated to presentations by Wayne Timperley, Head of Building Control for Greater Manchester and Megan Black, Head of Freight and Logistics at TfGM and Project Sponsor for the Clean Air Plan. Copies of their presentations and supporting materials are available below.

We also covered the new Interior Systems Apprenticeship Standard and regional training funds that support this, assessment and our ongoing competence work. Details of additional support for NVQ Assessment in the Region are available here.

A specialist support package for apprenticeships has been introduced in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. 186 small businesses have received grants of £3,000 to help create new apprenticeship opportunities.

If you are concerned or have a strong view on the Clean Air Plan, which will likely start to impact on commercial vehicles from 2021:

Wayne Timperley, FIS CPD event 22Jan2020
GM CAP Proposals Jan 2020

Some feedback from attendees on the day:

“It was good to meet up and I hope there will be more events like this.”
“I found the event worthwhile, very informative and has definitely got the cogs turning.”
“Great meeting”