Qualifying your workforce

This section of the website gives you information on apprenticeships and vocational qualifications available to the Finishes and Interiors Sector Workforce.  It is not exhaustive and for advice on process or funding for getting yourself or your workforce qualified you can talk to a member of the FIS Team on 0121 707 0077 or email info@thefis.org

Careers and Competency in the Finishes and Interiors Sector

FIS Competency Framework (SAKE) – The FIS Skills and Competence strategy is built on the SAKE Framework, measuring 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.

Competence can be formally assessed through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.   


An apprenticeship is a job, with training. You are employed and paid an initially lower wage to perform a particular role, with an understanding that you will be trained through experience and qualifications to perform the role to a defined standard. Your employer will give you tasks to perform, and the training provider will give you the skills to perform those tasks.


Vocational Qualifications

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) in Scotland provide the criteria for assessment to achieve and gain qualifications. VQ’s are competency based and the candidate must produces evidence of what they do at work.  Candidates must demonstrate their skills are current and prove their competency.


Careers and Competency Pathways in the Finishes and Interiors Sector

You can download an example template for the Career and Competency Pathway for Drylining occupations here

You can download an example template for the Career and Competency Pathway for Ceiling Fixing occupations here

Futher pathways are currently being developed through the work of the FIS Skills Board and core FIS Working Groups