Discover careers in construction with Open Doors 2024

Discover careers in construction with Open Doors 2024

FIS is encouraging its members to get involved in this year’s Open Doors event which allows young people and career changers to visit construction sites and workplaces across Great Britain from Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March. This is our chance to showcase the range of career opportunities available in our sector.

Open Doors, delivered by Build UK of which FIS is a member, offers a unique insight into what it is like to work in construction by taking visitors behind the scenes to showcase the diverse range of opportunities available in the industry.

Construction needs to recruit almost 45,000 new entrants each year, and Open Doors aims to show that the industry offers exciting and rewarding careers for everyone – whatever their age, background or skills.

Schools and colleges can book group visits for their students to discover first-hand what the industry has to offer, including a wide range of apprenticeships. New events will continue to be added over the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Open Doors website for events taking place in your local area.

Visitors can book their place now at more than 150 events already registered across England, Scotland and Wales. From high profile projects – including One Leadenhall in London, the new Aquatics Centre in Manchester, and the Paisley Museum in Scotland – to manufacturing facilities, offices and training centres, Open Doors enables visitors to see the industry in action and learn more about the 180 careers available.

Julie White, Chair of Build UK, said:

“I am passionate about making the world of construction open and accessible to as many young people as possible, so they can see all the different career opportunities there are in our industry. Open Doors is a fantastic way to find out more about the amazing things we build and what the industry has to offer, so book your visit today to see where a career in construction could take you.”

Michael Oppong, Management Trainee Quantity Surveyor at Willmott Dixon who attended an Open Doors visit in 2015, added:

“Open Doors definitely sparked my interest in a career in the construction industry. I have since taken the degree-level apprenticeship route, combining on-the-job training with university studies. I would encourage everyone to attend an Open Doors visit and consider a career in the industry – just like me!”

Help prison leavers to break free and begin a sustainable career in construction

Help prison leavers to break free and begin a sustainable career in construction

FIS is continuing its work with No Going Back, an initiative to support prison leavers, and an opportunity has come up to visit HMP Brixton.

The visit will take place on Thursday 25 January from 9am and we are looking for members to join us to explain the pathways into the sector and how they can build a lasting career.

The individuals attending this event are within their release window and have an interest in drylining and construction, as well as those actively enrolled in the drylining workshop.

Instructors at HMP Brixton will provide details on the training individuals have undertaken during their sentence. Additionally, No Going Back and Employers can deliver an overall presentation (a talk on the company and pathways to roles in the industry) and men could showcase different drylining tasks.

There will then be dedicated time for one-on-one sessions between employers and the prison leavers.

If you can support this event, email by Tuesday 16 January as the prison will then be able to promote the event.

Workshops and webinars available through the Supply Chain Sustainability School and FIS

Workshops and webinars available through the Supply Chain Sustainability School and FIS

The Supply Chain Sustainability School and FIS have collaborated to bring you a range of workshops and webinars specific to the finishes and interiors sector. We’ve highlighted below all the upcoming sessions and relevant resources.

Introduction to Modern Slavery with Willmott Dixon
Tuesday 16 January 2024, 10 – 11am
This webinar will introduce you to the topic of modern slavery featuring insights from Willmott Dixon.

Using Lean for Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving
Tuesday 23 January, 10am – 12pm

Net Zero, SBTs and Carbon Offsetting
Thursday 1 February, 10 – 11am

Introduction to Circular Economy
Thursday 15 February, 12 – 1pm

Embedding Sustainable Procurement
Wednesday 21 February, 9:30 – 11:30am

Changes to Skilled Worker Visas

Changes to Skilled Worker Visas

The Government has announced a number of changes to the Points‐Based Immigration System (PBIS) designed to reduce overall net migration. From next spring, the Government will increase the earning threshold for the Skilled Worker visa from £26,200 to £38,700, as well as raise the Immigration Health Surcharge from £624 to £1,035. The Shortage Occupations List will also be replaced with a new ‘Immigration Salary List’, which will retain a general salary discount but include fewer occupations.

Under the PBIS, most workers from outside the UK in construction are ‘skilled workers’ and require a Skilled Worker visa to work in an eligible occupation. Build UK’s flowchart provides an overview of the process of employing a worker from outside the UK, with detailed guidance on How to Get a Sponsor Licence and How to Get a Skilled Worker Visa.

Prioritise the Safety of Your Team with Our Free Online Fire Safety Training Course

Prioritise the Safety of Your Team with Our Free Online Fire Safety Training Course

Sign up for our free online fire safety training course and start learning today! Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and mitigate potential fire hazards, all from the comfort of your own home. This course is specifically designed for those working in the construction industry but it is open to everyone who is interested in improving their awareness of fire safety in the workplace.

Importance of Fire Safety Awareness

Fire safety awareness is crucial for everyone. Being responsible and aware of potential fire hazards can reduce the risk of a fire taking place, improve evacuation procedures, and minimise harm to people.

Course Benefits

By enrolling in our course, you’ll have access to a range of benefits, including:

  • 12-month access to interactive online course materials
  • Certification upon passing the end-of-course exam
  • Learn at your own pace – complete the course in as little as 2 hours or take your time to explore the content fully
  • Study with flexibility – you’ll have 12 months of unlimited access to the eLearning portal
  • You decide when to learn – fit your learning around your lifestyle, whether that’s in the morning, afternoon, or evening
  • 100% online learning, no tutor involvement – get started right away, no need to travel or take time off work
  • Become safer on site – upon completing the course, you’ll gain a five-year fire safety awareness qualification

Is This the Right Course for You?

If you work in construction, live in the UK, want to improve your knowledge of fire safety awareness, or want to demonstrate to your employer that you are committed to a positive health and safety culture, then this is the course for you!

Access the course here

CITB Employer Network Funding

CITB Employer Network Funding

CITB Homebuilding Funding Pilot

The CITB Homebuilding Network is a 12-month pilot which can support CITB registered homebuilding employers and their supply chain, to access subsidised training without the need for employers to claim the CITB grant.

The pilot, which has been extended to the whole of England is aimed at smaller to medium homebuilders and their supply chain. Larger home builders are also able to apply for support for their supply chain.

Examples of training which can be funded include Fire Safety for Low Rise Flats, Housing, Building Regulations and Controls, Net Zero Carbon Foundations Courses.

(Below is a list of courses that can be funded and delivered by Saint-Gobain Training academies)

  • Introduction to Single Frame Partitions (Metal Stud) (2 days) – Classroom
  • Introduction to GypCeiling MF (MF Ceilings) (1 day) – Classroom
  • Hand Taping (2 days) – Classroom: SUITABLE FOR DECORATORS
  • Machine Taping (3 days) – Classroom: ALSO SUITABLE FOR DECORATORS
  • Drylining Dab (Dot and Dab) (2 days) – Classroom
  • Residential Site Managers Course (1 day) – Classroom

To discuss your training needs further please contact or