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FIS set 2020 targets for fully   qualified workforce

Contractors in the interior and fit-out industry have set an ambitious target to qualify around 80,000 workers within the next five years.

The push to recognise the workforce’s skills up to NVQ level 2 has been set out by the rebadged specialist trade body Finishes & Interior Sector, FIS.

FIS has been launched following the merger of the Association of Interior Specialists and the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors last year.

The organisation’s Chief Executive David Frise said: “FIS will truly represent the finishes and interior sector’s contractors, manufactures and distributors within its membership. We have an ambitious strategy to help our members meet the future needs of the industry and make it a safe, attractive and profitable sector to work in.”

He said this would include a plan to bring around two-thirds of the workforce to the point where their skills are recognised and allow them to carry skills cards.

David also said this would see FIS launch a new website later this year that would marry up members firms’ training needs with available courses.

“The problem is many colleges say they run courses but few do in practice because they don’t have enough people. We will aggregate demand from employers to make courses more viable.”

The newly merged trade association now boasts around 450 members firms, representing around 70% of the interiors and finishes industry.

The  FIS aims to raise this to 600 firms in the next few years, making FIS the representative voice for the fit-out industry.

On the 10th April 2015, AIS and FPDC announced the following;

“We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new brand.

Thank you to all those members who were instrumental in its creation.

We hope you will embrace our new look and look forward to working with you in the future”

On behalf of the DLPTF  membership the DLPTF  News extends our congratulation's and best wishes to the newly formed FIS

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