National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is taking place next week between 8-14 February across England and Wales and will see conversations about the benefits of taking on an apprentice, as an employer, and becoming an apprentice across many social media channels.  NAW is supported by contributions and campaigns from government, other industry bodies and employers.  FIS is hosting a webinar on Thursday 11 February, Building an Apprentice Workforce that will focus on orgnaisations who employ apprentices and the methods they are using  to deliver training.

It is one of the best opportunities for FIS members to find out more, ask questions of those who have done it and identify where more detailed information can be found that will help you to recruit highly engaged young people to finishes and interiors apprenticeships.

What is FIS doing?

The webinar on Thursday is one activity,  we would like to showcase the successes our FIS employer members have had with apprentices, highlighting real stories and making these available to other members and the wider finishes and interiors community.  We are looking for short video interviews with happy apprentices and happy employers, so if you have something or can make something please email them to

How you can get involved

  1. Post your apprenticeship opportunities on the FIS JobSpot  and the National Apprenticeship Service websites England and for Wales Careers Wales
  2. Repost FIS NAW content on your own social channels.
  3. Share your own stories of apprentices achieving and how this has benefited your organisation.

NAW is a chance for the finishes and interiors sector to talk to young people about fantastic learning opportunities and careers in fit out, and in the current situation offer young people facing a future with a disheartening lack of possibilities a rewarding career, with a great employer.  And for the UK, it gives us the chance to secure the home grown talent we absolutely need!

Scottish Apprenticeship Week takes place on 1-5 March – more details soon.