Fit-Out Futures

Shaping the workforce of tomorrow

Fit-out Futures Programme – Shaping the Workforce of Tomorrow

To secure future sector sustainability and address the skills shortages in key trades, we need to work together as a sector. This will ensure a steady supply of new entrants into the sector who will be trained and skilled tradespeople with the right qualifications for their trade to deliver the projects needed.

Fit-out Futures Programme focuses on introducing new entrants into construction in a consistent way, built on tested principles that starts people right and reduces wasted time and money. 

New entrants can be:

  • Young people not in education, employment or training
  • Unemployed
  • Ex-military service leavers
  • Diverse groups wishing to join construction
  • Full-time learners (particularly those studying for construction and built environment diplomas).
  • We are also interested in those people retraining in construction.

The programme is supported by our growing network of FIS Approved Training Providers (ATP’s) and based on the philosophy of ensuring training providers are a part of our sector.  We join the dots to deliver successful results and target funding to the areas of skills training needed the most to achieve the maximum impact.

See a list of out our training providers here

We are constantly expanding our network of providers and interested in collaborating with organisations that want to work with us at the forefront of sector development and sustainability.  Please email skills@thefis.org if you are interested in collaborating.

Targeted Work Experience

The construction industry has experienced unusually high rates of college learner attrition upwards of 70%, where the students learning construction related skills in college aren’t joining the industry once they finish their training. By offering work experience to the college learners, we wish to broaden their understanding of all things construction, let them experience first-hand the many opportunities that exist within the industry and to promote a lifelong career to the next generation of college learners.

Colleges can sign up to the Fit-out Futures programme enabling their learners to secure work experience with employers.  FIS will take care of all the processes and management associated with taking on a learner for the college and employers.

  • We vet and assess the suitability of every learner and employer before any introductions to are made.
  • There are no additional costs to the training providers in supplying suitable learners to employers.
  • Work experience can be spread over the calendar year to suit the employer and learner.
  • FIS will provide ongoing support for the duration of the programme.
  • FIS can administer grants to cover expenses for learners to facilitate work experience placements.

Employer benefits of taking on college learners for work experience are:

  • A cost-free initiative for employers to meet social obligations.
  • Employers can meet and personally select candidates they want to offer work experience to, ensuring they are the best fit for their organisation.
  • Gain mentoring and leadership experience for their current workforce.
  • Work experience dates and schedules are tailored to suit employers needs
  • There are no entry requirements to work experience.

Structured Inductions

The programme is designed to provide employers with all the support they need to recruit and induct new trainees in drylining.

Not only will it help to future-proof their workforce by providing them with semi-skilled trainees and who could potentially become future apprentices or hires within their businesses but it will, if opting for the Back to Work element allow businesses to meet their social value obligations and help support and retain new talent looking to join our industry.

Employer benefits of taking on drylining trainees are:

  • A cost-free initiative for employers to meet social obligations.
  • Employers can meet and interview the trainees before any agreements are made, making sure they find the right candidate for their business.
  • Trainees will have already received basic training in drylining and will be site-ready and will effectively add value to the employer’s project delivery and business from day one.
  • Drylining trainees will be provided with a valid CSCS card, PPE kit and a basic toolkit.
  • Gain leadership experience for your current workforce

Sign up to providing work experience for the Fit-out Futures programme and we will recognise you as an FIS Sector Skills Champion through our FIS Sector Skills Pledge,  become recognised as an employer who goes the extra mile. 

If you would like to know more or wish to speak to a member of the team please email paulglover@thefis.org or ring 0121 707 0077.

If you are thinking about taking on an Apprentice click here for more information or email skills@thefis.org