FIS Regional Meeting

A collaborative response to labour shortages in the finishes and interiors sector

Event Details

Date: 30 March 2022
Location: Novotel, 2 Great Central Street, Leicester LE1 4JS
07:30 doors open (light breakfast available)
08:00 – 10:00 meeting followed by networking opportunity


With labour shortages and recruitment a key challenge within the sector, this event will focus on a collective response to labour shortages and attracting the next generation of workers.

We will look at the scale of the problem and a round-up of local opportunities providing ideas to support recruitment that cover all key pathways into construction (trade and construction management). There will be advice on how to approach schools, colleges and local networks and where to advertise roles (trade and construction management/surveying).

For discussion

Recruitment: What’s available, what support is there for employers
Retaining trainees: Managing young people, training to retain, the purpose of induction and options for delivering training
Meeting Section 106 responsibilities: Additionality of training. Programmes that you can tap into including BounceBack and flexi-job apprentices
Competence: Qualifications, changing regulatory landscape, ongoing training professional passports, training facilities in your region
Funding: Funding available to support you

Time will be allowed for open discussion and networking.

The FIS team will be supported by representatives of CITB and local speakers aiming to give members fresh ideas, a clear plan of action and understanding of the support available to attack their skills gap. This will include ideas and resources to support approaches to local schools, how to work more effectively with the Department for Work and Pensions, case studies and a list of initiatives and funding that can support your recruitment efforts and induction and development of workers. Details of the support available from CITB for recruiting and qualifying people will also be given.

Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith

Head of Skills and Employment at Leicestershire LEP

We will be joined by Stewart Smith, Head of Skills and Employment at the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

LLEP is a body established to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy. In its recently published Economic Growth Strategy, the LLEP outlined how the local economy may look in 2030 and the steps needed to get there. Stewart has a strong background in data and business intelligence and is able to tell what you what the data means in everyday terms and the potential impact on your business.  This can inform you about the local recruitment options, workforce planning and how to meet your 106 requirements.

Stewart will provide information on the local economy, demographics, planned construction work and the support available to businesses within the local area.

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