FIS BuildBack Programme

Helping to match employers with job seekers who are serious about developing a career in drylining. 


How BuildBack works

BuildBack is an FIS recruitment and induction programme that connects employers 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.  Assessment and a two week training course (that includes the provision of a temporary card, PPE and basic tools and mandatory H&S Training) means that, when candidates start their work placement with you, they are site ready.  The project is supported by CITB.

To register as an employer and benefit from BuildBack placements email 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  is considered for starting their vocational qualification or apprenticeship. FIS continues to monitor the progress of individuals and support businesses to access funding to support any ongoing training.

Benefits of BuildBack to businesses

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

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.
BuildBack is currently one of the most successful Back to Work programmes running in the UK measured on sustained employment.
To register as an employer or to find out where  BuildBack Cohorts are recruiting close to you, email or telephone 0121 707 0077

BuildBack Success Stories

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.

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!