The Academy for Construction people, based in Glasgow, has secured funding from CITB to offer a Specialist Applied-Skills Programme at VQ 2 level (/SCQF Level 5 over the next 18 months. This is a Pilot Training Scheme for 24 trainees in the following occupations; Interior Systems / Dryliner Fixer and Passive Fire Protection.  The Academy also supports Programmes for Asbestos Removal and Demolition operatives.

The Academy has the backing of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP and the Finishes and Interior Sector (FIS) who will work with the Academy to monitor the training standards.

The Passive Fire SAP training will commence in the Training Centre in Nisbet Street, Glasgow on 18 January 2021. Interior Systems/Dry liner Fixer trainees commence training in February/March. The Academy has worked with industry specialists to ensure the integration of training and assessment to meet the requirements of the two qualifications.

Both training programmes will therefore share key technical information so that trainees in each discipline can demonstrate that they understand the need to work collaboratively on site to produce quality work to the required safety standards.  Several companies have pledged support for this predominately on-the-job 18-month training programme for both new young entrants and upskilling for existing operatives. On the job assessment is carried out by appropriately trained assessors with proven track records in their trade. All assessment is subject to external verification and mentoring support is given to the trainees on site. The SAP programmes also have the support from the Scottish Specialist Contractors Training Group.

On completion of the 18-month programme, all operatives will have achieved a VQ Level 2/SCQF Level 5 in their area of expertise.

Ian Hughes, CITB Partnerships Director Scotland, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to work with the Academy for Construction People, and look forward to seeing the new Pilot Training Scheme come to fruition in the coming months. At such a crucial time, it provides an excellent opportunity to involve more young people in the sector, while still protecting the existing workforce through chances to upskill.”

ASFP Head of Training Phil Brownhill: “The provision of a formal training and educational route to becoming a competent installer of passive fire protection systems is something that ASFP has consistently supported. We applaud the efforts of the Academy, Avesta Group and ASFP members in Scotland.”

FIS Skills and Training Lead George Swann said, “This is a great opportunity for finishes and interiors sector employer to get their work force qualified.  The Academy for Construction People are commended for the work they have done in securing this funding that will directly benefit the sector.  As an FIS Approved Training Provider, we fully support this offer and have confidence in the quality of the training provided by the Academy for Construction People.”

Ian Main Chairman of the Academy Steering Group said “This is really good news for the Academy and the Specialist Contracting sector in Scotland and North England.”