What is the FIS BuildBack Programme?

The FIS BuildBack Programme helps job seekers who are serious about developing a career in drylining. The programme puts them through two weeks’ introduction training in the skills and competencies required for installing drylining, followed by a two-week work placement on-site with a local employer.


How BuildBack works

BuildBack is a collaborative recruitment and induction programme run by FIS (with the support of CITB) that connects employers, funding and candidates to help find the next generation of dryliners.  

The FIS team works with groups of employers across the UK to identify opportunities in a region and then, working with the DWP or charities targeting employment, looks to build a BuildBack cohort.

Working closely  with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) , through BuildBack FIS has consistently been delivering a best in class 64%  sustained employment rate. 

To find out more about how you can get involved in BuildBack email marieflinter@thefis.org or telephone 0121 707 0077

STEP 1: Set-up – establish the need and work in a region to recruit candidates for an assessment day and line up potential employers;

STEP 2: Assessment – put candidates through a specialist assessment programme to ascertain suitability for work in the trade;

STEP 3: Training – a specialist applied-training programme, carried out by an FIS approved training provider, for two weeks, covering the skills and competencies required for installing drylining. Training takes place in training centres in hubs, on a construction site, or while working for a charity;

STEP 4: Work trial – successful candidates are funded to take their H&S test, issued with a provisional CSCS card, provided with PPE and a basic toolkit before being placed with an employer for their two-week work-experience; and

STEP 5: Employment – candidate is taken on and ideally is considered for starting their vocational qualification or apprenticeship. FIS continues to monitor the progress of individuals.

Benefits of BuildBack to businesses

There is no direct cost to employers, FIS (supported by CITB) do all of the liaison and arrangement between the various parties and fund the tools and H&S test.  The training is funded through DWP or alternative regional/charitable funds.

The skills shortages brought about by Brexit will have particular impact on the drylining sector, as it is heavily reliant on EU workers. It is therefore imperative that employers future-proof their workforce by training new entrants.

BuildBack helps employers to boost their workforce by providing a pool of candidates with a grounding in the skills and competencies required for installing drylining. Employers can meet and select the candidates they want to offer work experience to, to ensure they are best fit for the organisation.

Once employed, FIS can support future training and the achievement of a vocational qualification or an apprenticeship, through its training provider network.

To date, 660 candidates have been through the BuildBack Programme and 420 have entered sustained employment.  It is currently one of the most successful Back to Work programmes running in the UK.

Case Studies

The pilot BuildBack Programme took place in the North East during the first quarter of 2017. The videos below provide an overview of the programme at Tyne Met College.

Paul Glover, FIS project manager said “I’m delighted with the progress that the BuildBack programme attendees are making. All have successfully completed the college-based Specialist Applied-Training Programme, exceeding the expectations of the college instructors in the process, which is no mean feat! Every attendee has passed their CSCS test and has been placed with a local employer to gain two weeks’ worth of on-site practical experience. So far, BuildBack has been a real success. The progress, commitment and “can-do” attitude of the attendees has been great to see, and I’m really looking forward to hearing the feedback from the work experience element.

Alex successfully completed the initial two-week training course and started his on-site placement on 13 March. Here’s Alex with an overview of his training course:

Here’s Alex talking about his work placement…..and his good news!