Fit-Out Futures – bringing the sector together
FIS hosted a Fit-Out Futures kick-off event in December 2017. The response was fantastic with attendance from across the industry, including tier one contractors, subcontractors, training providers, specialists from various fit-out trades, educators and consultants. It was motivating to see how more than 30 high-profile stakeholders from the industry gave their time to attend, demonstrating their passion, commitment and a sense of personal responsibility to drive change in the sector, improve the situation for all that operate within it and tackle the skills shortages collectively. With the support of our partners in the fit-out sector, we believe we have the right people and set-up behind us to successfully deliver this very ambitious Fit-Out Futures programme.
There are three strands to the Fit-Out Futures programme:
The first is BuildBack, which has a target to get 980 unemployed people trained in drylining and in employment by 2020. BuildBack provides an opportunity for unemployed people to be retrained on an SUP (Specialist Upskilling Programme) for drylining at a local college over a two-week period. This is then followed by two weeks of on-site work experience with an employer. If a BuildBack trainee is successful in securing employment after work experience, then the programme will pay for them to complete their NVQ 2 qualification in drylining.
Read more on the BuildBack pilot scheme which took place in 2017.
Further Education to Employment Programme
The second strand of Fit-Out Futures is the FE (Further Education) to Employment Programme, which focuses on engaging students to be the next generation of construction. The target for this is for 352 candidates to have undertaken four weeks of work experience with an employer over a two-year period. This will connect students with employers in order to retain them in the construction sector by enabling them to experience first-hand the trades within the fit-out sector and gain valuable mentoring and networking opportunities. Employers benefit by having a pool of young people that they are engaged with and can draw from for their future operational and skills needs.
At the heart of the third strand is Sector Engagement with a focus on getting a fully carded workforce by 2020 by liaising with employers, students and the industry. The target here is for 31,000 candidates to have been registered for any CSCS card that is relevant to the fit-out sector.
In Partnership with CITB