FIS Regional Meeting

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

Event Details

Date: 5 April 2022
Location: Double Tree Hilton Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 4JF
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, the local Department of Work and Pensions and the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network to help provide a clear plan of action and understanding of the support available to attack their labour and skills shortages. This will include ideas and resources to support approaches to local schools and colleges, 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.

Similar intervention events are being run across the UK in March, April and May in London, Leicester, Dartford, Manchester and Glasgow – click here to find your local event

Chris Gingell

Chris Gingell

CITB Engagement Advisor

Chris is CITB’s Engagement Advisor for Bristol & South Gloucestershire, working with local construction employers and industry to help them access grants & funding from CITB to support their training requirements. He has worked for CITB for over fifteen years in a number of roles, including as an Apprenticeships Officer and as a Construction Careers Advisor.