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What is the FIS BuildBack Programme?

The FIS BuildBack Programme 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.

Following the successful Midlands-based BuildBack cohort in March 2018, we are pleased to announce that the nationwide rollout – part of the ‘Fit-Out Futures’ strategy – will begin in Sheffield.

We will be hosting a series of employer open days across the country; designed for employers to come along and meet with the drylining trainees and programme partners, look around the college facilities and hear more about the BuildBack programme and how it can benefit them. Our partner colleges are scheduled to be opening their doors on the following dates (these may be subject to change):

Sheffield – 9 May 2018

South and City Birmingham – 21 June 2018

Wigan and Leigh (Greater Manchester Colleges Group) – date tbc

NPTC Group of Colleges – date tbc

Lewisham Southwark – date tbc

Astins – date tbc

Colchester – date tbc

Silver Trowel – date tbc


The recent Midlands-based BuildBack Programme began with the assessment day on 16 February 2018 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 drylining trainees and fellow employers and partners supporting the BuildBack Programme.

The programme was delivered in collaboration with Birmingham City Council, South and City College Birmingham, Youth Promise Plus, Jobcentreplus and the CITB. The trainees selected from the assessment day began their two-week Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP) in drylining on 5 March. After completion of their SUP,  they went on to work experience placements with local employers for two weeks.

Getting involved in the FIS BuildBack Programme and providing work experience for trainees is a prime opportunity for employers to prove some aspects of fulfilment of their Section 106 contractual obligations. Employers can find out more by downloading the flyer below and registering their interest via

Download the BuildBack Employer Flyer

Download the BuildBack Trainee Flyer

Download the BuildBack Poster


Watch a selection of videos recorded during the Birmingham programme via our YouTube Channel

FIS BuildBack assessment day on 16 February 2018 at South and City College Birmingham

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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