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

Thinking about starting or developing your career in the finishes and interiors sector?

Information on top quality training available to support your workforce


Vocational Qualification offer from North West Skills Academy

Vocational Qualification offer from North West Skills Academy

North West Skills Academy, an FIS Approved Training Provider Member, has secured funding to support FIS members that are looking to get the existing workforce qualified. This is a unique opportunity to show investment in employees and beat the ‘starting gun’ that will...

Call for assessors for the finishes and interiors sector occupations

Call for assessors for the finishes and interiors sector occupations

There is a demand for people with occupational expertise to become vocational and end point assessors for finishing and interiors occupations.  More colleges and independent training providers are now preparing to deliver apprenticeship and other training programmes...

Growing concerns for mental health

Growing concerns for mental health

We are receiving reports regarding the mental health of colleagues during this lockdown and are often asked to provide information to assist employer members, here is some of the information available.  The FIS Approved Training Provider members offer discounts, and a...

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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