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FIS Creates Online One Stop Skills Shop

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British Gypsum

14th Sep 2016

The Finishes and Interiors Sector Ltd (FIS), working with developer Reference Point, has launched the first online training course booking platform that automatically adds newly achieved qualifications to individuals’ CSCS cards - www.thefis.org/coursesight

FIS CourseSight brings together details of courses specific to the finishes and interiors sector, making accessing and booking training quick and easy.  Registered companies can also manage all their employees’ training requirements through a tailored dashboard system.

In addition, any course outcome that relates to CSCS cardholders gets passed directly to SkillSight™, enabling the information to be surfaced whenever the CSCS card is checked out on site.

‘In 2012 we commissioned an Interior Sector Training Review which identified the need for an online interiors sector training portal, to provide a single point of reference for our sector training requirements. CourseSight is the first element of the portal which will be launched later this year,’ said FIS Chief Executive David Frise. ‘The fact that qualifications are automatically transferred to individuals CSCS cards gives it a USP,’ he added.

FIS and Reference Point worked with a selected number of training providers to develop the site.  These providers will be the first to populate the site with their training offering and have been nominated FIS ‘approved’ providers.

Dave Hall, National Technical Academy Manager at British Gypsum, said: ‘In response to the Stockerl Review, in 2015 we decided to partner with four colleges nationally to increase the level of formal routes to training for employers, and help give apprentices the best start in their careers. We also deliver upskilling programmes and training routes to help experienced workers gain NVQ level 2 qualifications. The new FIS CourseSight platform means we can make formal training like this more easily available – maximising our support for the development of skills in the finishes and interiors sector.’

Dan Plosky, Managing Director of training provider Now Get Qualified, which offer NVQs via the OSAT route in many interior and exterior occupations added: 'Many companies, and individuals, are unsure how to locate suitable Training Providers. Having an online portal like FIS CourseSight means courses can be located and booked with ease and managed efficiently.

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