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What is the BuildBack Programme?

BuildBack helps job seekers who are serious about developing a career in drylining. The programme puts them through two weeks’ college training in the skills and competencies required for installing drylining, followed by a two-week work placement on-site with a local employer.

The first Midlands based BuildBack assessment day took place on Friday 16 February, which was attended by employers at Birmingham South and City College – Bordesley Green Campus. It was an opportunity for employers to look around the college facilities, talk to college staff, meet the BuildBack trainees and fellow employers and partners supporting the BuildBack programme.

BuildBack is being delivered in collaboration with Birmingham City Council,  South and City College Birmingham,  Youth Promise Plus,  Jobcentreplus and the CITB.  Getting involved in BuildBack and taking on trainees for work experience is a prime opportunity for employers to prove some aspects of fulfilment of their Section 106 contractual obligations.

The trainees selected from the assessment day will begin their Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP) in drylining in early March for two weeks.  After completion of the SUP,  free semi-skilled drylining trainees will be available for work placements for two weeks, providing wage-free assistance on projects from the 26 March 2018. 

Midlands based employers can register their interest at

Download the BuildBack Employer Flyer

Download the BuildBack Trainee Flyer

Download the BuildBack Poster



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.

Paul Glover, FIS project manager said “I’m delighted with the progress that the BuildBack programme attendees are making. All have successfully completed the college-based Specialist Upskilling Programme, exceeding the expectations of the college instructors in the process, which is no mean feat! Every attendee has passed their CSCS test and has been placed with a local employer to gain two weeks’ worth of on-site practical experience. So far, BuildBack has been a real success. The progress, commitment and “can-do” attitude of the attendees has been great to see, and I’m really looking forward to hearing the feedback from the work experience element.

FIS BuildBack candidate brochure

FIS BuildBack employer brochure

Alex Baillie started on the BuildBack Programme in February 2017. Here is his feedback on day two:

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!


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