Training & Skills Information

Vocational Qualifications

The Vocational Qualifications (NVQ in England and SVQ in Scotland) provide the criteria for assessment to support the issue of the qualifications. NVQ’s are competency based and the candidate produces evidence of what they do in their work situation which becomes the basis of a portfolio that is assessed against the relevant occupational standard. The candidates must demonstrate that their skills are current and prove their competency over a period of time.

The on-site assessment and training (OSAT) route allows experienced individuals to gain a NVQ.  Your assessor will visit you onsite to assess your competency and skills within your field of work.  You will be assessed for your practical skills and knowledge to the required standard.  It is a flexible route for individuals in the trades to gain the necessary qualifications to apply for an industry recognised card (e.g. CSCS).

Vocational Qualification options for Interior Systems

England and Wales Diploma in Interior Systems

Core Qualifications in Ceilings and Partitions

England and Wales – NVQ Options

NVQs related to glass partitions and operable walls are not currently listed as available for awarding through NOCN, but are available through alternative awarding bodies such as City and Guilds and  ProQual.  Examples of provision are available here for operable walls and glass partitions.

Core Qualifications in Carpentry & Joinery

England and Wales – NVQ Options

Note Architectural Joinery sits in this suite of qualifications, however, is less relevant to the contractors in the finishes and interiors sector.

Other qualifications are also available

Apprenticeship Options

According to the Institute for Apprenticeships an apprenticeship is a job with training to industry standards.  It should be about entry to a recognised occupation, involve a substantial programme of on and off the-job training and the apprentice’s occupational competence should be tested by an independent, end point assessment.

Apprenticeships are employer-led: employers set the standards, create the demand for apprentices to meet their skills needs, fund the apprenticeship and are responsible for employing and training the apprentice. But the needs of the apprentice are equally important: to achieve competence in a skilled occupation, which is transferable and secures long term earnings potential, greater security and the capability to progress in the workplace.

Not all training is an apprenticeship.  Work experience alone, shorter duration training for a job, attending a course, or assessing and certificating an employee who is already working in the occupation, are all positive forms of learning and accreditation at work but they are not apprenticeships.

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice, contact the Skills Team at the FIS and we will ensure that you receive the best advice in terms of funding options and provision.

Some of the key standards that we rely upon are listed below:

Scottish Modern Apprenticeship- Construction Specialist SCQF Level 5.

Modern Apprenticeship for Construction Specialist Apprenticeship has been developed by the SSC. This apprenticeship is managed by the CITB. The Interior Systems (Construction) pathway includes SVQ’s in the following:

  • Dry Lining – Finishing SVQ Interior Systems (Construction): Dry Lining – Finishing SQA Level 5 GM38
  • Dry Lining – Fixing SVQ Interior Systems (Construction): Dry Lining – Fixing SQA Level 5 GM39
  • Ceiling Fixing SVQ Interior Systems (Construction): Ceiling Fixing SQA Level 5 GM33
  • The full details of the apprenticeship standard can be viewed

Other options available include

SVQ Carpentry and Joinery (Construction) at SCQF level 5 – SQA

SVQ Carpentry and Joinery (Construction) at SCQF level 6.

Plastering SVQ in Plastering (Construction) Level 6 SQA GM7X 23

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice, contact the Skills Team at the FIS and we will ensure that you receive the best advice in terms of funding options and provision. 

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.

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