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Training Needs Analysis - 2018 Questionnaire

FIS Skills has launched the new sector-wide digital Training Needs Analysis (TNA) for 2018.

We urge all FIS members to complete the TNA and return by 31 January 2018. Your return will provide collateral evidence for the FIS Skills whitepaper on the overall skills need and workforce sustainability of our sector. All those completing the TNA will automatically receive a digital copy.


The skills team will be able to make year-on-year comparisons from the previous TNA results. This sector engagement process will continue up to 2020.

The result also allow the skills team to accurately forecast the demand needs for skills and technical qualifications required to meet your contractual obligations over the next financial year. To ensure we meet our membership’s reported demand and engage our supply chain of approved training providers and partners to fill demand, your response is critical.

The infographic below highlights some of the key analysis findings of the TNA 2017.

FIS Skills Training Needs Analysis 2017

General Information

• Ideally, this survey should be completed by the dedicated person in your organisation responsible for training and development planning, such as a training officer or human resources officer

• All responses for future forecasts should be accurate based on the date of return

• Your TNA returns will be held in confidence and in line with the FIS privacy and data protection policy

• The TNA has an inbuilt save function. You will be asked for your email address and a unique link will be sent to your address returning you to the last question you worked on

Should you require any assistance in completing any section(s) please contact the Project Manager Amanda Scott by email: where individual appointments can be booked. Amanda will be in touch with all members from 2 January onwards.



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Go Construct

The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. The site helps to meet the future skills needs of the industry and to recruit a workforce that is diverse and ready for the challenge of the future.

FIS Skills actively supports Go Construct as part of its #NexGenFIS campaign and Fit-Out Futures programme.

Visit the Go Construct website


CourseSight Phase 2 launched on 13 February 2017

On 13 February 2017, phase 2 of CourseSight went live, enabling every part of the construction sector to benefit from its functionality. This version also includes electronic NVQ grant fund claims for CITB-registered employers – meaning no extra paperwork as CourseSight manages the full submission.

Designed specifically for training providers to publish and promote training courses and for companies and individuals to book and manage courses, CourseSight handles every aspect of searching and booking for training. Even better, information from CourseSight gets passed automatically to SkillSight so that newly achieved qualifications can be surfaced on individuals’ CSCS cards.

Key functionality in CourseSight:

  • Creates a single marketplace to promote and book training courses and learning programmes across construction
  • Both course content and individual providers can be “approved” by one or more trade associations and the approval flags are visible when searches are made
  • Unique linking tools allow companies, providers and trade associations to make connections. This provides enhanced functionality as well as the ability to share sector-based trends and other data
  • Powerful online searching available using a range of criteria and filters to find the courses of greatest interest and best fit
  • Keyword searches as well as date, location, learning type, provider, qualification, approval status, linked status and many other criteria
  • All sorts of learning can be promoted, such as NVQs, assessments, short courses and e-learning
  • Each course can feature one or more modules and can have more than one formal qualification outcome if required
  • “Quick copy” functions to enable providers to create courses and publish them in seconds
  • At a glance approved flags to verify if the provider and their content is approved and by which bodies
  • Training provider profile page for supplementary information about each provider
  • Integrated maps of locations as well as a host of other information about the course, its content and requirements
  • Shopping basket allows the buyer to buy from more than one provider at a time and still pay in a single transaction
  • E-commerce allowing payment via credit card to be made securely online (pay on account facilities also available)
  • As soon as the booking is made, joining instructions and VAT receipts (where appropriate) are generated and e-mailed to the booker
  • Full cancellation facilities online and automated refunds within provider’s stated cancellation terms
  • Individuals and employers can search for and book courses or the system can be restricted to companies only
  • Individual course instances can be created for a specific company by a provider and only visible to them to book
  • Providers can offer discounts on the system: whether to all bookers, to specific groups or even only one company
  • Each set of users (companies, training providers and trade associations/ industry bodies) have their own dashboards and homepages on the portal, tailored to their specific interests
  • Upon course completion, the provider can record attendance and the outcome
  • Certificates can be uploaded when achievement is recorded and, for CSCS cardholders, this is also transferred to their SkillSight record so that it can be surfaced on site via the CSCS smartcard
  • CITB-registered employers can claim for VQ grant delivered by approved providers directly from CourseSight
  • Learner satisfaction survey is mailed automatically to all attendees after the course and results securely collated for provider access
  • Powerful features and benefits for each of our user groups, whether industry bodies, trade associations, training providers, companies or individuals.


Training Needs Analysis - 2017 Questionnaire

Training Needs Analysis – short version

The 2017 TNA has closed. For more information, email

Apprenticeships - Guidance for Employers

Finishes and interiors sector employers offer Apprenticeship places because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a committed and competent workforce.

Apprenticeships: Employers’ Guidance



Funding available to FIS members
The CITB Grants Scheme provides funding for CITB-registered employers to train, upskill and qualify their staff. This ensures that the right skills are available to help the construction industry grow and that standards are maintained on site.

Funding website page

Training plans

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