FIS is representing the finishes and interiors sector at the The virtual Apprenticeships: Earn while you learn careers fair.  The event will allow young people from across the UK to find out more about apprenticeships within different sectors across the UK. It will serve to inspire and inform; supporting students to be better prepared for decisions regarding their future careers.

The aim of the event is to enthuse and inspire the next generation of apprentices and to provide them with all the information they need to know what will be available, what employers are looking for and how they apply.

Between 6-10 December 2021, STEM Learning are delivering an interactive, virtual reality careers fair aimed at 14–19-year-olds interested in finding out more about apprenticeships. Set in an online exhibition hall, up to 30 employers from across the UK will have the opportunity to use pre-recorded videos, ‘pull-up’ banners and PDFs to let students know more about their company or industry and the opportunities available. There is also opportunity to interact directly with young people who visit an exhibition stand through a safeguarded, text-based live chat function.

A similar event organised by STEM Learning took place in March this year and was a great success with over 27,000 attendees and more than 1,170 schools signing up to take part. That event can be viewed via this link to give you an idea of what a stand will look like and what content you could include: STEM Ambassadors: Illuminating Careers.

FIS CEO Iain McIlwee stated:

“Without doubt the biggest challenge facing our sector is the shortage of people.  There are many reasons why we are feeling it so deeply at the moment and we are certainly not alone, but we must redouble efforts and do all we can to reach out to young people and present the amazing array of career choices in trade, commercial, entrepreneurial and managerial options that await them.  The message is simple – whether you are looking to earn a good wage in the trades, excel in design, start your own enterprise or progress the corporate ladder, there is an exciting and rewarding career option in the finishes and interiors sector. ”

To support the show, FIS is reviewing and developing the careers section of the FIS website and is working on a number of virtual resources to support this work (all will be made available as an online pack for members to support their own career in the New Year).

If you are looking for an apprentice, please send details of the role and location to and she can highlight specific examples. If you are able to review existing careers information or offer additional resources (video testimonials/information to support this effort) contact or phone 0121 707 0077 and ask for Catherine (our resident STEM Construction Ambassador).

If you are already exhibiting or interested in joining FIS as an employer and recruit for your apprentice programme at the exhibition email for more information and to ensure efforts are joined up.