FIS Skills Board – A Member Led Skills and Competency Strategy

To support the development of a competent workforce and ensure FIS is recognised as an industry leader in the skills and competency arena

The FIS Skills Strategy is led by our Skills Board, volunteers from the membership that act as a scrutiny and advisory board, helping ensure FIS effectively deploys resources effectively and delivers against the above mission statement.   

Our key objectives and goals are listed below.

Objective RECRUIT: To support the recruitment of 1500 new individuals into the sector

Goal:   Develop guidance to promote careers into the sector

Goal:  Through Fit-out Futures focus on optimising recruitment and providing consistent inductions for all pathways into the sector reducing wastage at every opportunity.

QUALIFY:  Support a more consistent and robust pathway into the sector underpinned by a qualification and assessment landscape that meets the needs of the industry

Goal:   To launch and drive the uptake of interior systems installer and new plastering apprenticeships

Goal:  Build and support effectively a Network of Approved Training Providers

Goal:  Review and develop the wider qualification landscape ensuring that qualifications are fit-for-purpose, funded effectively and that that adequate provision and assessment is available

DEVELOP:  Increase competence of the existing workforce and improve   the culture of life-long learning

Goal:  A fully carded workforce by 2022

Goal:  Support ongoing learning based on the FIS Competency Framework SAKE (Skills Attitude Knowledge and Experience)

Goal:  Increase employer engagement in training and help members optimise levy return

Goal:  Provide a sustainable skills resource within the FIS

With an eye on developing skills throughout the sector and helping others achieve competency in their roles, I am excited to be assisting and working with the FIS Skills Board and its members to achieve this, whilst putting something back into the industry that has served me so well over the last 42 years.

Paul Leach

FIS Skills Board Chair, Stortford Interiors


Paul Leach  Stortford Interiors – CHAIR
Helen Syson Measom Drylining – VICE CHAIR
Ian Thomas CG Reynolds Ltd
Steve Anderson                   Construction Skills People  
Michael Lennox                                       CITB        
Will Hart                           Taylor Hart Ltd          
Billy Harris                                         Roseville Contracts Ltd          
Dan Smith                                   Komfort          
Dave Hall                                       British Gypsum        
Jonathan Cherry             Saint Gobain – FIS Board Member       
Alyn Carr                              Tyne Met College             
Vinny Walker                  BDL            
Simon Harvey                             Grays Group            
Nick Edwards                 CITB
Sharon Street                NOCN

The Council are supported by the FIS Skills Team, led by George Swann, Skills and Training Lead FIS.

If you are a Skills Champion and interested in getting involved contact George here