Nominations for Skills Development Scotland Apprenticeship Awards now open  

Nominations for Skills Development Scotland Apprenticeship Awards now open  

The SDS Scottish Apprenticeship Awards highlight the key role apprentices, supporting individuals and employers play in delivering the skills Scotland needs, both now and in the future, across the whole economy.

Award categories include:

  • Apprentice Ambassador of the Year
  • Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 6+
  • Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 5
  • Graduate Apprentice of the Year
  • Foundation Apprentice of the Year
  • SME Employer of the Year
  • Large Employer of the Year
  • Apprentice Instructor of the Year
  • Supporting Net Zero Employer of the Year
  • Supporting Net Zero Apprentice of the Year

Nominations close at 12pm on Wednesday 5 October 2022. The winners will be revealed during Scottish Apprenticeship Week which runs from 6 to 10 March 2023.

Nominations can be made online here: Scottish Apprenticeship Awards nominations

Nomination entry rules can be read here: Award nomination rules

Further information on can be found here: Scottish Apprenticeship Awards

 

Supporting your recruitment

Supporting your recruitment

The finishes and interiors sector is experiencing shortages of trained and qualified ‘skilled’ labour at every level and there is no immediate easy fix. Employers need to invest in home grown talent and that starts with recruitment.  To support this, document provides a summary of the services on offer from the Department of Work and Pensions via Job Centre Plus, you may be surprised at the assistance available to employers all free of charge.

Job vacancies can also be advertised on the FIS Job Spot, just complete the electronic form: https://www.thefis.org/jobspot/

Pool of trained dryliners soon to be available in Birmingham and London

Pool of trained dryliners soon to be available in Birmingham and London

FIS member Construction Helpline has secured a contract to deliver a series of Department for Education funded Skills Bootcamps in drylining occupations, fixer, boarder and finisher to be delivered between 26 September and 31 March 2023. The Construction Helpline program involves pathways for unemployed and self-employed people located in London and Birmingham.

The objective of the unemployed pathway Skills Bootcamps is to introduce the individuals to drylining by the provision of six weeks training.  For this pathway Construction Helpline are looking for employers who are willing to provide a two week work trial for successful candidates (there is no cost to the employer), followed by an interview for a drylining vacancy for a minimum employment contract of 12 weeks.  If the candidate is taken on by the employer, the Skills Bootcamp includes a free level 2 vocational qualification registration with the NOCN Awarding Body and the necessary health and safety and CITB training for a CSCS card, which will be issued before the work trial.

The self-employed pathway is for labourer subbies wishing to upskill to level 2 dryliners.  This pathway is one week of training plus three practical training weekends and 2 theory Saturdays.  The pathway also includes level 2 vocational qualification registration with the NOCN Awarding Body.

Construction Helpline Skills Bootcamp Dry Lining Courses are scheduled for:

  1. Mon 26 Sep – Fri 4 Nov 2022
  2. Mon 7 Nov – Fri 16 Dec 2022
  3. Mon 9 Jan – Fri 17 Feb 2023
  4. Mon 20 Feb – Fri 31 Mar 2023

If you are an employer with drylining vacancies between Nov and May 2023 and you would like to support the Construction Helpline on delivering this programme please call Melissa Fileppi on 0207 199 9808 or email employers@constructionhelpline.com

If you would like to see more detailed information on curriculum and dates, please click here

Are you claiming CITB Grants for training subbies?

Are you claiming CITB Grants for training subbies?

An employer is able to apply for grants in respect of construction industry related training undertaken by:

  • directly employed staff (including apprentices) on the payroll;
  • sub-contractors (both net and gross-paid); and
  • sole traders and partnerships.

Provided the individuals are working at the time of the training for the employer making the application and that CITB grant support has not already been received for the particular training and/or qualification.  An employer may authorise third party training providers and/or colleges providing services to the employer to complete a grant application on their behalf.  Where the employer so authorises, the responsibility to ensure that applications are made in accordance with the Grants Scheme terms and conditions and to repay any grants received as a result of an error by the third party remains with the employer.  The employers construction industry levy payments must be up to date.  If your allowing training or qualification assessment of your sub-contractors on your jobs or sites, regardless of how the training and/or qualification is being paid for find out what they are undertaking and claim the Employer grant.

To apply for grant, applicants should visit CITB’s website.  The requirements specific to each grant type should be checked prior to submitting an application as some grants operate restrictions.  If you are unsure please contact Marie Flinter 07799 903103 or email marieflinter@thefis.org

Increasing employment in construction

Increasing employment in construction

With construction needing to recruit over 53,000 new entrants every year to maintain output, Build UK has published the results of its latest survey of members to understand current levels of employment within the industry and the impact of job vacancies across the supply chain. ‘Increasing Employment in Construction’ reveals that 33% of respondents have increased their number of directly employed workers in the last 12 months, with 50% predicting an increase over the next year, which is being driven primarily by an increase in activity, followed by companies taking on more new entrants and apprentices.

68% of Build UK members confirmed they currently have vacancies, which is increasing pressure on existing teams and stifling business growth. To help recruit more new entrants into construction, Build UK will be focussing on improving the journey from education to employment, and will be reviewing the various ways that young people take their first step into the industry, including Apprenticeships, Traineeships, T Levels and Degrees.