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Construction Employers Needed To Help Jobseekers Build A New Future

Updated: 03/05/2018

Construction sector employers in South Yorkshire are being invited to help jobseekers to build a new future.

Construction Employers Needed To Help Jobseekers Build A New Future

Pictured: Victoria Taylor, Director of Construction, The Sheffield College

The FIS BuildBack programme trains jobseekers in the drylining skills that construction employers need to boost economic growth and help the long-term unemployed back into work.

Now, 15 employers specialising in drylining skills, who want to train new talent to fill skills gaps, are needed to back the programme, which is launching in South Yorkshire next week as part of the first stage of a national roll out.

The UK construction industry requires an additional 55,480 specialist building operative roles, including dryliners, to meet demand between 2017 and 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

BuildBack is the flagship programme of the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS), the trade body for the fit-out sector, which is partnering with The Sheffield College, Jobcentre Plus and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Drylining employers in South Yorkshire interested in taking part in the FIS BuildBack programme are invited to attend an employers open day on May 9th from 10.30am until 4.00pm. For more information, and to register your interest, please email employer@sheffcol.ac.uk.

The event will provide an opportunity for employers to see the College’s facilities, meet with the programme partners, talk with trainees and select them for two weeks’ work experience at their sites.

Victoria Taylor, Director of Construction, The Sheffield College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for drylining employers to find and train new talent in the skills that they need to grow their business whilst contributing to supporting regional employment.”

There are other benefits for employers participating in the programme. They will be able to fulfil some of their Section 106 obligations, ensuring that developments complement and benefit the local labour market and economy by raising skills and enabling local people to compete for the jobs generated.

Specific measures can include pre-employment and vocational training, apprenticeships, employment advice, interview guarantees and work placements to make a positive contribution to the local area and community.

Helen Yeulet, Skill Delivery Director at FIS, added: “The FIS BuildBack programme aims to equip jobseekers with the skills and competencies required to pursue a career in drylining where there is a national shortage of skilled operatives. We are delighted to work with The Sheffield College to launch our first programme in South Yorkshire.”

Jobseekers will complete a two-week course at the College to develop the skills and competencies required for installing drylining followed by a two-week placement with a local employer. All trainees are offered at least one job interview.

Those who secure full-time employment with an employer will have their fees paid to complete ongoing training to NVQ Level 2 in Drylining. All trainees will also receive free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and have their CSCS card paid for.

For more information about the FIS and BuildBack programme, visit https://www.thefis.org/skills-hub/sector-training/buildback-programme/

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