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FIS is proud to announce we will be launching the Interior Solutions Traineeship pilot in collaboration with the Lewisham Construction Hub and Ixion Holdings in Lewisham in South East London.

The Interior Solutions traineeship is designed to attract young people into the construction industry.  It is an eight-week traineeship for young people aged 18-24 who have no prior qualifications higher than level 2 or equivalent and are not in education, training or employment.

The traineeship will cover drylining and kitchen fitting trades and trainees will gain a BTEC Level 1 in Construction, courses in Health & Safety in Construction Environment, Manual Handling and Asbestos Awareness will be covered as well as study towards a Green General Operatives CSCS card.

Ixion Holdings will be providing the training which will consist of four weeks of intensive practical and classroom training followed by 100 hours of work placement with employers.  The trainees will get the national apprenticeship wage for their placement which equates to £156 per week with lunch and travel included.

An open day was held at the Job Centre Plus in Forest Hill from 12:00 – 14:00 on Monday 29 July 2019 where trainees were recruited for the 10 places available on the traineeship. Madeline Walsh,  Employer Engagement Executive from Ixion Holdings said “we are passionate about people and training and this Interior Solutions traineeship allows us to work with key industry partners who share the same vision as we do and want to provide opportunities to young people to learn skilled trades in construction”

The traineeship will start on 5 August and run until 27 September, training will be delivered in partnership with the Lewisham Construction Hub and run from Lewisham College training facilities in Deptford.

Councillor Joe Dromey, Cabinet member for Culture, Jobs and Skills (job share), at Lewisham Council, said “we want young people locally to get the opportunity to start a career in construction as we build the homes Lewisham needs. This traineeship – delivered with the support of the Lewisham Construction Hub – is a fantastic way for our young people to get the skills and qualifications they need”.

Iain McIlwee, CEO of FIS said “this is a fabulous opportunity for young people to gain qualifications, complete work placements and receive support in accessing apprenticeships and employment that will allow them to pursue a career in the construction industry”.

FIS is currently engaging with employers to provide work experience for the trainees.  Interested employers can email Paul Glover on paulglover@thefis.org or visit our website at www.thefis.org/skills-hub/apprenticeships/