Welcome to the Skills Hub, the area for training and learning. The hub brings together details of courses specific to the finishes and interiors sector, making accessing and booking training quick and easy. In addition, it provides information on sector careers, apprenticeships and funding, as well as access to e-learning, CPD and other training.

Some information is restricted and only accessible to FIS members. Not an FIS member?

Delivered by our Skills Board - find out more about our Board and Skills Strategy

Recruitment into the sector through FIS programmes

Information on qualifications relevant to the sector

Careers in the finishes and interiors sector

Training available to support your workforce


Our experts are always on hand to answer any skills and training queries.  You can ask questions by completing the form at the bottom of the page or if your query is urgent call 0121 707 0077.


Have your say on CITB Levy proposals

Have your say on CITB Levy proposals

Monday saw the opening of the consultation into CITB Levy proposals, in which they’re suggesting a return to pre-Covid rates in the way they raise the Levy for the next three years. CITB is asking for feedback on its plans to help get construction back on its feet and...

Cash incentives for employers to hire new apprentices doubled

Cash incentives for employers to hire new apprentices doubled

The Budget and Skills Cash incentives for employers to hire new apprentices doubled Apprenticeship financial incentives were first introduced by Sunak in August 2020 and currently offer firms £2,000 to take on apprentices aged 16 to 24, while those that employ new...

Expand your team with a Government Supported Kickstart Employee

The Plan for Jobs has introduced new support for FIS members to take on 16-24 for initial six months from the Government’s new Kick-start scheme.  The new £2 billion Kickstart scheme is designed to help employers to create new jobs for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  There is no cap on the number of places per employer.

Funding will be available for each six month job placement and will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week and employers will be able to top this wage up.

BuildBack Programme is back

BuildBack is designed to provide opportunities for job seekers who are serious about developing a career in drylining.

Trainees complete a two-week Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP) in drylining at Birmingham South and City College to develop the skills and competencies required for installing drylining, followed by a two-week work placement on-site with a local employer. All trainees will be offered at least one job interview and those who secure full-time employment will have their fees paid for ongoing training to NVQ Level 2 in drylining. All trainees will receive free personal protective equipment (PPE) and have their CSCS card paid for.

The FIS Skills Strategy

The FIS Skills and Competence strategy is led by the FIS Skills Board and built on the FIS Competency SAKE Framework, which is a system to measure competency through a combination of Skills, Attitude, Knowledge, Experience.

Skills: The practical application of knowledge learnt through on and/or off-the-job training.

Attitude: The mindset or approach required for competence, across the entire occupation.

Knowledge: The information, technical knowledge, and ‘know-how’ the individual needs to successfully carry out their duties.

Experience: The enhanced knowledge or skill acquired through practical experience.

Contact the FIS Skills team

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