In August 2020 one of our manufacturer members was approached by the Awarding Organisation NOCN for help in preparing test materials for the Interior Systems Installer Apprentice End Point Assessment (EPA) and brought this to the attention of the FIS Skills Board. In November2020 FIS Skills Board members produced Risk Assessments and Method Statements for the end test and in January 2021 FIS brought together an EPA Development Group of Employers, Suppliers, Training Providers and NOCN. The materials developed to assess both options of this apprenticeship, Dry Liners and Ceiling and Partition Installers will soon be ready for use.

This work was facilitated by FIS with the direct support of Joe Cilia FIS Technical Director and George Swann FIS Skills and Training Lead. This would not have been achieved in the time frame allowed without the support, time, materials and expertise freely provide by FIS members. Many thanks go to: British Gypsum, Roseville, Stortford Interiors, Measom Dryline, Time Limit Interiors, Errigal, Komfort, North West Skills Academy, the Construction End Point Assessment Company and the staff at NOCN.

This is an example of collaboration at its very best. If you would like to be involved in the work of FIS, join the Skills Board or one of the Working Groups, please give us a call.