CITB Levy Return

CITB Levy Return

Submitting the Levy Return by the deadline is not only important for your company’s eligibility for grant claims, but it’s also a legal requirement. The Levy Return is an annual submission that outlines the amount of money your company owes for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Levy.

The levy is a small percentage of your company’s total payroll, and it’s used to fund training and qualifications for the construction industry.

If you’re unsure about how to complete the Levy Return, CITB has a range of resources available to help. You can access online guides, attend webinars, or even book a one-to-one appointment with a CITB advisor. It’s important to note that if you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to submit the Levy Return until the next year, and you’ll be liable to a penalty fee.

So, don’t wait until the last minute to submit your Levy Return. Take advantage of the resources provided by CITB, and ensure that your company remains eligible for grant claims for the upcoming year.

Participate in the Review of Apprenticeship Standards

Participate in the Review of Apprenticeship Standards

This is an exciting opportunity for those passionate about the plastering trade to have their say in shaping the apprenticeship standard.

The level 3 Plasterer Apprenticeship Standard is designed to provide apprentices with the necessary skills and knowledge to become competent plasterers. Contributing to the development of this standard will ensure that it meets the needs of the industry and apprentices alike.

If you have experience in the plastering trade or have insights on what should be included in the standard, do not hesitate to contact and share your input. Your contribution could make a significant impact on the future of the plastering trade in the UK.

Your details will be passed onto the IfATE Standards development team.

Winners announced at 2023 Training Awards

Winners announced at 2023 Training Awards

FIS and Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have announced the winners of the sector Training Awards at its gala lunch held at Plaisterers’ Hall in London today.

In front of a packed audience at Plaisterers’ Hall, the winners of the 2023 Training Awards were announced and presented by Lord Mayor Michael Mainelli. The Awards are a collaboration between FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers to recognise outstanding apprentices and students, and individuals and organisations that have made a lasting contribution to training and development in plastering and interior trades.

Tony Mitchell, Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, said “The Company is absolutely delighted to once again host these prestigious awards in our magnificent Hall.  We are very pleased to have once again teamed up with FIS to recognise the achievements of many within plastering and the finishes and interiors sector”.

Commenting on the awards, FIS President Philip Brown said: “We are delighted to recognise the outstanding talent, both in apprentices and students themselves but also the colleges and training providers and mentors that work so hard to help the students forge hugely successful and rewarding careers.”

The 2023 award winners are:

Student of the Year – Plastering
Winner – Kathryn Doyland (Training Provider: G.R.W.P Llandrillo)
Runners up – Edward Celmins (Training Provider: Carlisle College) and Caroline Moor (Training Provider: Vision West Nottinghamshire College)

Student of the Year – Interior Systems
Winner – Julius Debrah (Employer: MPG Contracts, Training Provider: Now Get Qualified)
Runner up – Dan Title (Employer/Training Provider: V & D Interiors)

Apprentice of the Year – Plastering
Winner – Bella Romain (Employer: Cyfle Building Skills, Training Provider: Coleg Sir Gar)
Runners up – Ryan Stanford (Employer: Locker and Riley,Training Provider: College of North West London) and Deniss Fridenbergs (Employer: Brian Horn Plastering, Training Provider: Carlisle College)

Apprentice of the Year – Interior Systems
Winner – Zara Dupont (Employer: Sparta Systems, Training Provider: Leeds College of Builiding)

Runners up – Ben Comerford and Michael Aarons (Employer: Measom Dryline, Training Provider: Buttercups Training)

British Gypsum Trophy
Now Get Qualified

Saint Gobain Formula Trophy
K L Langton Decorative Plasterwork

Colleges and Independent Training Providers (large)
Winner – NPTC Group of Colleges
Runner up – College of North West London

Colleges and Independent Training Providers (small)
Winner – DMR Training and Consultancy
Runner up – Carlisle College

FIS Member Training Programme

Mentor Award
Ben Kerslake – CarringtonLime Heritage Skills CIC

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dave Radley – DMR Training and Consultancy

Our thanks go to our awards and event sponsors British Gypsum, Formula, The Plaisterers Charity, CITB and STEPs.

See all the winners here

Help us to develop the End Point Assessment for Interior Systems

Help us to develop the End Point Assessment for Interior Systems

FIS is working at pace with NOCN (National Open College Network) to develop the End Point Assessment for Interior Systems Installer apprenticeship – Ceilings and Partitions pathway as there is not an assessment in place for this pathway.

To progress this work, we request technical knowledge and support from employers in designing and reviewing the questions for the knowledge element of the assessment plan and develop the practical test.

The deadline for this work to be completed is by end of December 2023. We aim to do this virtually via Teams meetings, with NOCN and FIS.

Your support is crucial in ensuring this assessment and qualification meets the needs of the sector and for learners who are undertaking this apprenticeship.

Please contact if you are able to support.

Helping members recruit overseas skilled workers

Helping members recruit overseas skilled workers

To help members recruit overseas skilled workers to fill the skills gaps being experienced in the industry which is inhibiting growth, FIS has partnered with specialist immigration lawyers, Migrate UK.

This partnership enables members to explore whether hiring overseas skilled workers is a viable route for them.  Members will be supported with immigration legal guidance and advice on how to apply for a Sponsor License, Certificate of Sponsorship applications and compliance and record keeping.

Migrate UK will be offering all FIS members a 10% discount on all legal fees and offer an initial consultation free of charge. You can find details on this new member benefit at

Migrate UK are hosting a webinar on Thursday 23rd November 2023 to look at Unlocking Global Talent: How to Employ Overseas Workers in the UK. 

You can register for this webinar here

Calling all Go Construct STEM Ambassadors – Hands-on construction activities available for schools this November

Calling all Go Construct STEM Ambassadors – Hands-on construction activities available for schools this November

This year’s SkillBuild event is taking place from 21 -23 November 2023. You can watch the national finalists battle it out during the competition, attend a Continual Professional Development session, hosted by an expert panel of judges, in one of the 10 competition trades, and have go at a range of inspiring activities that highlight construction trades at the designated careers experience hub, the Construction Showcase

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, and as competitors progress through each stage, they are tested on their technical abilities, time management, character, and commitment. The competition is viewed by many as an opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem, and life skills. The winners of the SkillBuild UK National Final are classed as the best in the UK.

Book your ticket here

Featured this year is the Construction Showcase, an interactive event on 22 November designed to encourage young people to consider a career in construction and to have some fun with the construction have-a-go activities!

The event will include construction-based activities suited to all age ranges, skills games, quizzes and videos showcasing the variety of construction occupations available. Also featured is a series of curriculum-related resources, from Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 5, as well as STEM Ambassadors from the industry, to support and answer questions from those curious about construction.

Not only will groups take part in the Construction Showcase, but they will also be able to have a guided tour of the competitions by a SkillBuild expert, and take home some goodies too! If you know a youth group who would be interested in attending, they can claim their free tickets to attend here.