Fire Door Safety in the Finishes and Interiors Sector (listen again)

Fire Door Safety in the Finishes and Interiors Sector (listen again)

This workshop and clinic targeted at managing doors responsibly in the finishes and interiors sector, run as part of Fire Door Safety Week, FIS in collaboration with the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery (GAI) and FIS is now available online.

The session (run as part of the Fire Door Safety Week initiative) highlighted the key priorities for delivering fire door safety in specialist interior and fit-out contracts.  It drew on the key pillars of quality defined in the FIS Product Process People Quality Framework to support safe specification and installations and looked at the key ways to ensure that information is managed through to inspection to ensure these essential fire safety products continue to provide protection throughout their service life.

Selecting ironmongery, common concerns and how to avoid them
Douglas Masterson, Technical Manager, GAI

Mind the Gap, the role of intumescents in Fire Door Safety
Tim Foster, Sales & Marketing Manager, Mann McGowan

The Golden Thread, essential information and how to manage it
Jim White, Associate Technical Director, Forza Doors

Fire Door Safety Clinic
Our speakers were joined on the panel by a Fire Door Inspector, Elliott Brown of The Fire Door Inspectors Limited.

The initiative was part of Fire Door Safety Week, the theme take time to save lives.  Fire Door Safety Week ran from the 20th-26th September.  The website features a range of resources to support those specifying, installing, inspecting and maintaining fire doors.

Fire Door Safety in the finishes and interiors sector

New FIS Course:  Getting Started with Digital Construction

New FIS Course: Getting Started with Digital Construction

To support the digital revolution in the finishes and interiors sector, FIS has team up with digital specialists Digital Construction Skills to deliver a new course – Getting Started with Digital Construction, designed to help FIS Members pick through the vast array of digital tools available and to help you make sense of them and work out which ones will have the most positive impact on your business, aligned with your business goals.  This targeted is backed by a strategy support toolkit, that will help you develop a structured digital construction strategy and give your teams the skills and confidence they need to drive change in your business.

This CITB Assured course (Grant Tier 1) is aimed at construction professionals in the Finishes and Interiors sector who would like to learn how digital technologies can benefit their business and to explore the factors they should take into account when considering possible digital solutions. It will help delegates to implement new digital technologies whilst ensuring the greatest chance of successful implementation and avoiding common pitfalls.

Who the course is aimed at:

  • Managers and decision makers
  • Business owners
  • Directors
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors/Commercial Functions
  • SHEQ Staff
  • Team Leaders

Course Content

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • List the broad categories of digital tools available
  • Describe the possible benefits of implementing digital solutions
  • List the factors they need to take into account when selecting a new digital solution
  • Identify areas of strengths and weakness within their business in terms of readiness for implementing digital construction
  • Identify the supporting skills required to successfully implement the digital tools identified for their business
  • Explain how to identify specific problems within their business which could be solved with digital solutions

The course is split over two consecutive afternoons and will take place on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th October 2021 and 2-5pm

To reserve you slot click here


BuildBack in action

BuildBack in action

Watch to see how BuildBack can benefit your business and the progamme in action

FIS went behind the scenes at Sandwell College to film candidates in action on its BuildBack training programme, which covers the skills and competencies required for installing drylining.

The programme aims to get individuals site ready and aware of the health and safety requirements of being on site, before being placed on two-weeks work experience.

FIS also hosted a webinar to explain how BuildBack offers support for employers who are experiencing labour shortages. The emphasis is on this being of no direct financial cost to employers. You can watch this here and find out how BuildBack can benefit your business.

BuildBack has candidates ready for work placement, so if you have any opportunities to help them get started in our sector, email and FIS can do the rest.

Background on BuildBack

BuildBack is an standardised recruitment and induction programme for those looking to start a career in drylining. Run by FIS and funded by CITB – it has been developed to help find the next generation of dryliners. The programme recruits and assesses candidates before putting them through two weeks of introduction training in the skills and competencies required for installing drylining, followed by a two-week work placement on-site with a local employer.

To register as an employer and offer BuildBack candidates work placements, or are interested in starting a career in drylining email or telephone 0121 707 0077.

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£31 billion of planned investment

£31 billion of planned investment

Delivering on the commitment in the Construction Playbook, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has published the National Infrastructure and Construction Procurement Pipeline for 2021/22 setting out up to £31 billion of planned investment in economic and social infrastructure for the current financial year. It is the most comprehensive pipeline ever published and looks to build market confidence in the industry to invest in innovation and develop capability. Following feedback from the CLC, this year’s pipeline includes information on whether a project is part of a framework and if it is a consultancy or contracting opportunity. Looking ahead to the longer term, the pipeline also gives an overview of £650 billion of planned investment to 2030/31.

The IPA has also published Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030 which outlines how the Government intends to support the effective delivery of the pipeline by developing and adopting new technologies and ways of working and implementing the Construction Playbook.

Inspiring change in construction

Inspiring change in construction

Has your business or project created a more open and inclusive culture where everyone feels valued?

Has it:
• Attracted new employees from a wider talent pool?
• Helped address gender or racial inequality in the industry?
• Removed barriers to inclusion, enabling all employees and potential employees to have the same opportunities?
• Increased employability rates in the community?
• Helped tackle issues in today’s society?
• Built collaborative relationships with stakeholders and suppliers?N

Now in its fifth year, the Inspiring Change Awards and Conference highlight and reward organisations within the construction and infrastructure sector that have created a more inclusive culture. Creating open and inclusive workplace cultures in which everyone feels valued, and respects colleagues, is recognised as key to business success. Increasingly, employees want to work in companies that recognise the importance of fairness, inclusion and respect and clients are focussing on diversity and inclusion within their procurement policies.

Submissions to the 2021 Awards are asked to provide evidence that the organisation recognises the value of employee and/or community engagement and that they have introduced initiatives that have achieved benefits for both the business and the community. Entries needed to show how initiatives are aligned to company goals, made a sustainable and positive impact on the workforce or community in which it operates and have delivered positive results.

Judges are looking for innovative interventions that are aligned to company strategy and will inspire other employers to follow their lead. The awards recognise businesses that improve the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large.

The following categories will be awarded:
• Inspiring Change in the Workplace – Company and Project
• Inspiring Change in the Community – Company and Project
• Inspiring Change in Education – Company and Project
• The FIR Inspiration Award
• Inspiring Change SME Award – SMEs entering one of the three main categories will automatically be entered for this Award

The Inspiring Change 2021 Awards are eligible for all those working in the construction industry and build environment in the UK. There are awards for SMEs and project-based initiatives. The deadline for entry is 22 October 2021. For more information visit or contact

Open Doors isn’t just a chance to Open Doors, but to engage with schools

Open Doors isn’t just a chance to Open Doors, but to engage with schools

Recruiting the next generation is vital if we are to maintain the pipeline of talent coming into the industry and one of the best ways to show young people the fantastic work we do is through Open Doors! This year’s event is now less than three weeks away and we are encouraging members to open up their sites, offices and other workplaces or to host an online event from Monday 4 ‐ Saturday 9 October.

There are already more than 140 events registered and if your organisation is yet to get involved what are you waiting for! Please help us to showcase the diverse range of opportunities the industry has to offer by uploading your sites and virtual events on the Open Doors website by next Friday 24 September.

If you can’t offer an event or Open a site, you can still get involved, below is an example of an email prepared by FIS that you could send to your local school (you can find the events near or accessible to you via this link).

I wanted to flag up an initiative that might be of interest to some of the kids at XX School.  It is something we are supporting as a business to help young people to understand the opportunities in Construction.

 Open Doors goes behind the site hoardings to showcase the fantastic range of careers available in construction. From Monday 4 until Saturday 9 October 2021, we will be offering site visits across the UK as well as a wide range of live virtual experiences, such as ‘meet the apprentice’.

So whether you are thinking about a new career or just curious to see how the buildings and structures in your community are constructed – Open Doors has something for you.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the industry and what it has to offer can book their place on any number of exciting events hosted by Build UK, its members and partners.

 A site close to us that may be of particular interest is Millford Green – Net Zero Carbon Retirement Village.  I checked the details and groups of up to 10 can go for a 90 minute visit. There are others that you can see through the website here.

Even if just something you can communicate to the kids as an opportunity would be much appreciated.  There are an amazing array of careers in construction, in trade, professional and supporting roles, a big focus now is sustainable improvement and Millford Green will be a great insight into how this is playing out in the sector.

Remember to direct this email FAO of “Careers Lead” if you do not have a named person – remember every secondary school or FE College now must have a member of staff (teaching or non teaching) that is the main contact for careers information.

We urge all members to reach out to their local schools.  There are a number of initiatives to support you, for example Build UK has produced a two-minute film encouraging members to become STEM Construction and Built Environment Ambassadors or Employers.

For FIS Careers Guidance click here – if you are involved in any schools outreach programmes or initiatives that have been successful or wish to discuss tactics for optimising your work in the local community, don’t hesitate to call FIS on 0121 707 0077 or email