FIS BuildBack Programme

Funded through CITB, Build Back is a collaborative recruitment and induction programme run by FIS that connects employers, funding and candidates to help find the next generation of dryliners.  BuildBack is FULLY FUNDED and so free for employers to use.


What is Buildback

BuildBack is an standardised recruitment and induction programme for those looking to start a career in drylining. Run by FIS and funded by CITB – it has been developed to help find the next generation of dryliners.   The programme recruits and assesses candidates before putting them through two weeks of introduction training in the skills and competencies required for installing drylining, followed by a two-week work placement on-site with a local employer.

Benefits of BuildBack to you business

BuildBack helps employers to grow 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.  The hope is that placements evolve into sustained work and FIS can support future training and the achievement of a vocational qualification or an apprenticeship, through its training provider network.  BuildBack is FULLY FUNDED, there is no cost to employers. 

To register as an employer and offer BuildBack candidates work placements email or telephone 0121 707 0077

If you are interested in getting into Drylining and would like to gain experience through BuildBack email or telephone 0121 707 0077 (see below for a list of upcoming cohorts, but don’t be put off if nothing local, still reach out as the list is growing all of the time).

The BuildBack Approach

STEP 1: SET-UP – Establish the need in the area then start to recruit candidates for an assessment day and line up employers.  If a cohort of 15 is an option a bespoke cohort can be arranged or we work with groups of employers.  FIS liaise with the CITB, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) or alternative regional funded hubs to line up the funding and ensue BuildBack is FREE TO THE COMPANY OFFERING WORK PLACEMENTS.

STEP 2: ASSESSMENT– Put candidates through a specialist assessment programme to ascertain suitability for work in the trade;

STEP 3: TWO WEEK INTENSIVE TRAINING – A specialist applied-training programme, carried out by an FIS approved training provider, 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: TWO WEEK 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  work-experience;

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.


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 via grants from the CITB.

Candidates currently available for work placement:

Trained candidates looking for work NOW!

The FIS BuildBack programme now has over 120 candidates, including HM Forces Service Leavers, with recent basic drylining training available for work-placements across the UK. All candidates have tools, PPE, have completed the mandatory H&S training and hold a provisional CSCS card. Can your organisation offer a two-week work placement to help these candidates get started in our sector? Contact FIS on 0121 707 0077 or email for more information.

Further cohorts planned

Further cohorts are planned in Cheshire, Birmingham, East Midlands, Essex, Hampshire, North London, South West, Tees Valley, West Sussex and Wiltshire. This list is growing all of the time, see if there is a BuildBack cohort in your area in the imetable below.

Where there is no local cohort, FIS can develop bespoke cohorts of 10-15 indivdiuals for single organisations or organisations wishing to collaborate.

To register as an employer or to find out where  BuildBack Cohorts are recruiting close to you, email or telephone 0121 707 0077.

Dates Training partner Location(s) No of students
September to November 2021 Building Heroes Aldershot
May to August 2021 Youth Build UK SE London 20
June to October 2021 Sandwell College West Midlands 18
October to December 2021 West London College NW London 10
October to December 2021 Leicester onSite Construction Hub Leicestershire 10