FIS Skills Board

 Supporting the development of a competent workforce and ensure FIS is recognised as an industry leader in the skills and competency arena

The FIS Skills Board comprises volunteers from the membership that act as a scrutiny and advisory board, helping ensure FIS effectively deploys resources effectively and delivers against the above mission statement.  It is a dynamic forum designed to:

  • Guide FIS in support of the sector for all types of training and qualification outcomes.
  • Guide the activities of the Training Group (FISTG).
  • Support innovation and promote best practice in Training Delivery.
  • Support the sector to ensure sufficient skills and knowledge for a competent workforce.
  • Comment on and contribute to the content of qualifications and standards for the sector.

Skills Board Meetings

The last meeting of the Skills Board took place on 13 December 2023 via a virtual meeting.

Skills Strategy

The  FIS member led Skills and Competency Strategy is structured around the FIS Competency Framework and a focus on our career and competency funnel. Our key objectives and goals are:

RECRUIT: To support the recruitment of new individuals into the sector

Goal:   Develop guidance to promote careers into the sector

Goal:  Through Fit-out Futures focus on optimising recruitment and providing consistent inductions for all pathways into the sector reducing wastage at every opportunity.

QUALIFY:  Support a more consistent and robust pathway into the sector underpinned by a qualification and assessment landscape that meets the needs of the industry

Goal:   To launch and drive the uptake of interior systems installer and new plastering apprenticeships

Goal:  Build and support effectively a Network of Approved Training Providers

Goal:  Review and develop the wider qualification landscape ensuring that qualifications are fit-for-purpose, funded effectively and adequate provision and assessment is available

DEVELOP:  Increase competence of the existing workforce and improve the culture of life-long learning

Goal:  A fully carded workforce by 2025

Goal:  Support ongoing learning based on the FIS Competency Framework Approach

Goal:  Increase employer engagement in training and help members optimise levy return

Goal:  Provide a sustainable skills resource within the FIS

With an eye on developing skills throughout the sector and helping others achieve competency in their roles, I am excited to be assisting and working with the FIS Skills Board and its members to achieve this, whilst putting something back into the industry that has served me so well over the last 42 years.

Paul Leach

FIS Skills Board Chair, Stortford Interiors

FIS Competency Framework (SAKE) 

Our Skills and Competence strategy is built on the SAKE Framework, measuring competency through a combination of Skills, Attitude, Knowledge, Experience.

Skills: The practical application of knowledge learnt through on and/or off-the-job training.

Knowledge: The information, technical knowledge, and ‘know-how’ the individual needs to successfully carry out their duties.

Experience: The enhanced knowledge or skill acquired through practical experience.

Behaviours: The mindset or approach required for competence, across the entire occupation.

You can download an example template for a Competency – FIS (



Helen Syson Measom Drylining – Chair
Ciara King Errigal Contracts – Vice Chair
Abigail Jones CG Reynolds
Sam Blacknell Saint Gobain
Steve Anderson Construction Skills People
Richie Magennis Trifix
Anthony Frayne CITB
Steve Halcrow eAptitude
Alan Tittensor Roseville Contracts
Isobel Wallington Linear Group
Matthew Morgan West London College
Paul Mulinganie British Gypsum
Dan Plosky Now Get Qualified
Chris Lee Knauf
Dawn Horton Taylor Hart
Dave Hall British Gypsum
Graham Barker Tyne Met College
Vinny Walker The BDL Group
Justin Devaney Platt and Reilly
James Boulton SCS Building Solutions


The Skills Board are supported by the FIS Skills Team, led by Beena Nana, FIS Head of Skills and Training.

If you are a Skills Champion and interested in getting involved contact Beena here