Harnessing that satisfaction that only building can give you #iBuiltThis2019

Harnessing that satisfaction that only building can give you #iBuiltThis2019

The #iBuiltThis2019 competition is open for entries. The competition, run by FIS, now in its third year, is a visual campaign that draws on the pride construction workers take when they see finished projects that they have worked on – harnessing the “I Built This” feeling to promote construction as a career choice.

The competition platform goes live on 13 June and entries will close on 15 September with the winners announced at the awards ceremony at UK Construction Week on 8 October 2019.

FIS CEO, Iain McIlwee stated, “The construction industry employs around 3.1 million people, that equates to one in ten people working in the UK. #iBuiltThis is about celebrating this through social media. It is something that everyone in construction can get behind. We’ve focussed on making it simple. This launch is a call to action to individuals and companies to take #iBuiltThis and make it your own, use it to highlight excellent work one of your new starters or apprentices has done, as an initiative to help engage with your local school, college or even Scout group, make entering an activity for a young person on work experience or encourage your own children to enter – use it to help those around you to understand the joy that can be found in making and building, making a mark on the future landscape of the UK.”

To encourage young people to get involved, the competition has been divided into three age groups with some fabulous prizes to be won: 13 and under (family trip to Legoland with an overnight stay at Castle Hotel, 14-18 (an iPhone XR) and 19 plus (a getaway for two adults in one of Canopy & Stars exclusive properties in the UK). We would like entrants to share a photo of themselves (selfie) with the image of a completed project they have built, or helped to build and enter on the competition platform when it opens on 13 June.

FIS is encouraging schools and colleges to get fully engaged with and run their own mini #iBuiltThis competitions and enter the finalists and winners via a secure platform. A special prize for the most engaged school or college will be awarded to the institution that makes the most entries.

The competition is open to everyone who has a passion for building, construction, design, fit-out, interiors and more. Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whether it’s a model, a physical structure, building, drawing or even a digital design using software. They are free to use any material for their build.

This year’s competition sponsors include, UK Construction Week, Silver Trowel Ltd, Building Heroes, CSCS, Astins Ltd and Michel Mersh Brick Holdings Plc.

We also have an exclusive line-up on the judging panel consisting of industry leaders, advocates and educators who are backing this competition. The diversity the judging panel bring demonstrate how collaboration across the industry can help us to reach out to a wider audience and present construction as an attractive industry, full of opportunity and diversity of careers for young people and new entrants.

This year’s judging panel:

  • Alison Watson MBE – Founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own
  • Brendan Williams – CEO of Building Heroes
  • Fred Mills – Co-Founder and managing director of The B1M channel
  • Kathryn Lennon-Johnson – Founder and director of Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS)
  • Mark Farmer – industry advocate and Founding director and CEO of Cast Consultancy
  • Naomi Hamilton – winner of IBT2018 – 14-18 age category contest – will be in attendance
  • Rebecca Lovelace – Founder of Building People
  • Steve Coley – FIS immediate past president and FIS Skills Board member

The competition will be judged on the best creative picture and best response to the question asked within each age category. The public vote will make up 50% of the overall scores. The remaining 50% of the scores will be ranked in order by the judging panel.

Alison Watson MBE, Founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own said “I am thrilled to be involved in #iBuiltThis 2019 competition, it’s a great way to engage with people of all ages, especially young people and inspire them to use their skills in building and showcasing the projects they are proud of. I would encourage everybody to enter, especially schools and colleges. I am looking forward to seeing all the brilliant entries for this competition”.

For more information about #iBuiltThis2019 competition, sponsorship or you would like to get involved and become Competition Ambassadors: email yasminkauser@thefis.org or visit our website page on: www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2019-competition/

Launch of FIS flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign

Launch of FIS flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign

FIS are pleased to announce the launch of our flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign by popular industry demand. This builds upon on the hugely successful campaign launched last year. A visual campaign, image led and run on the competition platform for a period of three weeks. Submissions entries open on 3 Sept and will be closing on 23 Sept with the winners announced at the awards ceremony at the UK Construction Week exhibition on 9 October 2018.

The campaign is designed to get young people, the construction industry and the public to participate and show how proud they are of their contribution to the UK built environment in a fun, exciting and light-hearted way. We would like to showcase construction as the exciting and diverse sector it is with its huge breadth of disciplines and career opportunities to help attract new entrants.

Helen Yeulet, FIS Skills Delivery Director said “this is a part of FIS’ ongoing vision to drive change and a better understanding of the industry and the opportunities within it. Construction is a fabulous and vibrant sector to work in and this competition aims to celebrate the skills, trades and projects that people are involved in building and showcasing their talent in a fun and engaging way”.

To encourage young people to get involved, the competition has been divided into three age groups with some fabulous prizes to be won: 13 and under (family trip to Legoland with an overnight stay at Castle Hotel, 14-18 (an iPhone X) and 19 (a getaway for two adults in one of Canopy & Stars exclusive properties in the UK). We would like entrants to share a picture of themselves with an image of a completed project they have built, or helped to build and enter on the competition platform when it opens on 3 Sept at;

www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2018/

Encouraging photos of new buildings of any type, whether they’re made from Lego, Meccano, sand or even chocolate. Images of iconic buildings and breath taking fit-out and interiors will be used to inspire people to see construction as a career of choice. The entries received will be diverse in both built environment images and the roles involved in their construction and images will be used to educate new entrants afterwards.

Support for this campaign has been phenomenal across the industry with UK Construction Week being our media partners. Other sponsors and partners include, Silver Trowel Ltd, Building Heroes, Home Builders Federation (HBF), CSCS, Just Practicing Ltd, Tapper Interiors Ltd, Build UK, British Woodworking Foundation (BWF), The Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Construction Industry Council (CIC), Construction Youth Trust, Worksmart Contract Ltd, Saint Gobain, Thermal Insulation Contractors Association – Best Practice in Asbestos Control (TICA-ACAD), Circle Three Consulting, The Construction Coach, Nevill Long and CITB.

A great line-up of judges is being proposed for the competition that will reflect the industry.

Iain McIlwee CEO of FIS said: “the construction industry employs around 3.1 million people, that equates to one in 10 people working in the UK, despite this the perceptions of the industry need to be changed to reflect the diversity, breadth of skills, trades and careers available within the industry. #iBuiltThis2018 competition allows people of all ages to enter and show their building skills and the projects they have built. In doing so we hope to inspire new entrants into the sector and visually show what amazing work is being produced at all levels”.

For more information about #iBuiltThis2018 campaign or if you would like to get involved email: skills@thefis.org or visit our website page on: www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2018/

FIS launches CSCS card upgrade offers for the drylining trade 

FIS launches CSCS card upgrade offers for the drylining trade 

FIS have introduced two offers to help fit-out sector drylining operatives upgrade to the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card, an essential replacement for the expired CRO cards which cannot be renewed.  These offers are a part of the Fit-out Futures programme which aims to get a carded and qualified workforce.

The first offer is a 20% discount on the full price of upgrading their current CRO card in the drylining trade to a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card for £995 + vat.   The old CRO cards are expiring and will not be renewed which means operatives need to upgrade to a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card in drylining.  This will include registration, paperwork, onsite assessment and NVQ level 2 completion which will enable them to become qualified in drylining and invest in their future with a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card which is valid for five years.

The second offer is a fast track route for experienced drylining Finishers to upgrade from their current CRO card to a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card in two days for £300 + VAT.  Operatives only spend one day away from site to gain their qualification and get the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card. This an opportunity for operatives to turn their experience into a qualification so they can work on site.

For more information visit the offers website page on www.thefis.org/cscs/ or email us on CSCScards@thefis.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcement of the judging panel for FIS Skills flagship #iBuiltThis2017 campaign.

Announcement of the judging panel for FIS Skills flagship #iBuiltThis2017 campaign.

Amanda ClackLast week, FIS Skills, (part of FIS the trade body of the Fit-Out Sector) announced the launch of our flagship #iBuiltThis2017 campaign. A visual campaign, image led and run completely on social media utilising the Instagram and Twitter platforms for a period of three weeks, with the submissions opening from the 04th Sept and closing on 24th Sept and winners announced at the UK Construction Week Exhibition between 10th – 12th October 2017.

The campaign is designed to get young people, the construction industry and the public to participate and show how proud they are of their contribution to the UK built environment in a fun, exciting and light-hearted way. We would like to showcase construction as the exciting and diverse sector it is with its huge breadth of disciplines and career opportunities to help attract new entrants. Campaign entry submissions will be open on 4th Sept 2017.

Steve Coley, President of FIS said “I have two teenage sons who when attending careers advice at school, have never had a career in construction offered to them, why?. It seems careers in construction is a forgotten subject! So, in order to protect our industry from running out of talent in the future it’s important to engage youngsters. #iBuiltThis2017, is just the right platform for the youth of today to show their talents to be the future architects, engineers, designers and installers.

The exclusive line-up on the judging panel consists of industry leaders, advocates and educators who are backing this campaign and want to present construction as an attractive sector, full of opportunity and diversity of careers for young people and new entrants.

The judging panel consists of Amanda Clack the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors (RICS), Brendan Williams the CEO of Building Heroes, Jack Parsons, Young Digital
Leader Of the Year & CEO of Yourfeed, Mark Farmer Industry Advocate, Steve Coley the President
of FIS, Steve Neilson from Worksmart Contracts Ltd, an FIS member in Scotland and Wyn
Prichard the Director of Construction Skills from the NPTC group of colleges in Wales.
The competition will be judged on the best creative picture and best response to the question
asked within each age category. The public vote will make up 50% of the overall scores. The
remaining 50% of the scores will be ranked in order by the judging panel and winners selected.
The winners will be announced at UK Construction Week exhibition between 10th-12th October.

All finalists will also have their images streamed at the exhibition. The prizes will be awarded in
November 2017. Nathan Garnett, Event Director of UK Construction Week said “we are
delighted to support the #iBuiltThis2017 with FIS Skills. The core aims of this campaign chime
directly with our own so I hope that together we can raise some real awareness about the
dynamism in the sector, show why people are proud of their work and encourage new talent into
the sector. We look forward to showcasing the very best work at the show between 10th-12th October at the NEC in Birmingham”.
Olton Bridge, 245 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands B92 7AH

Telephone 0121 707 0077
Email: skills@thefis.org
Website www.thefis.org

Mark Farmer, founding Director & CEO of Cast Consultancy said “It is great to see FIS running this
initiative which looks to not only engage with prospective new talent that will hopefully be the
future of our industry, but also celebrates the fantastic work already being done by people
already working in construction. As such, FIS are responding in a positive and creative way to the
industry’s attraction and retention challenge. It is reflective of their wider trade level leadership
of the industry modernisation & quality agenda and their impressive work in training, skills and
competency development. I’m sure the ‘I Built This’ campaign will play its part in getting our
industry fitter for the future!”

The support for this campaign has been phenomenal across the industry with an impressive list
of partners and sponsors that keeps growing by the day with the latest additions being Single Ply
Roofing Association (SPRA), Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), Just Practicing Limited,
Construction Coach and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Amanda Clack FRICS, RICS President said “I’m proud to support the #IBuiltThis2017 initiative as we look
to promote to the public, and the next generation of construction professionals, the variety and
excitement the world of construction offers. I encourage everyone to enter the competition. Get creative
as we demonstrate construction’s impact on all aspects of our lives.”

For more information about #iBuiltThis2017 campaign or if you would like to get involved email:
skills@thefis.org or visit our website page on:
https://www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this/

Launch of FIS Skills flagship #iBuiltThis2017 social media campaign

Launch of FIS Skills flagship #iBuiltThis2017 social media campaign

The campaign is designed to get young people, the construction industry and the public to participate and show how proud they are of their contribution to the UK built environment in a fun, exciting and light-hearted way. We would like to showcase construction as the exciting and diverse sector it is with its huge breadth of disciplines and career opportunities to help attract new entrants.

Helen Yeulet director of FIS Skills said “this is a part of FIS Skills’ ongoing vision to drive change and a better understanding of the industry and the opportunities within it. The competition aims to utilise the pride in an individual’s achievements to assist in improving perceptions and image, increase careers awareness and engagement nationally”.

FIS Skills flagship #iBuiltThis2017 - Silver TrowelTo encourage young people to get involved, the competition has been divided into three age groups: 13 and under, 14-18 and 19 and over with some great prizes lined up. We would like entrants to share a picture of themselves with an image of a completed project they have built, or helped to build, using the hashtag #iBuiltThis2017 on the FIS Skills social media platforms of Instagram (@fisskills) and Twitter (@FisSkills) or alternatively you can enter by visiting our website. Entrants need to insert their details in the comments section, answer their relevant age group question and submit.

Encouraging photos of new buildings of any type, whether they’re made from Lego, Meccano, sand or even chocolate. Images of iconic buildings and breath taking fit-out and interiors will be used to inspire people to see construction as a career of choice. The entries received will be diverse in both built environment images and the roles involved in their construction and images will be used to educate new entrants afterwards.

Support for this campaign has been phenomenal across the industry with UK Construction Week being our media partners. Other sponsors and partners include, Building Heroes, Home Builders Federation (HBF), Silver Trowel Ltd, Career Colleges Trust, NVQ Training Centre Ltd, Tapper Interiors Ltd, Vela Training Ltd, British Woodworking Foundation (BWF), Build UK, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Construction Products Association (CPA), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Hire Association Europe (HAE), Thermal Insulation Contractors Association – Best Practice in Asbestos Control (TICA-ACAD), Yourfeed.com and Encon NevillLong.

A great line-up of judges is being proposed for the competition that will reflect the industry and will be announced in the coming week along with the prizes for the competition.

David Frise CEO of FIS said: “the only way to close the skills gap and improve industry perceptions is through strong collaboration and working together. This campaign provides the partnerships to join the dots across the industry with educators and potential new entrants and engage with young people in a fun and exciting new way”

For more information about #iBuiltThis2017 campaign or if you would like to get involved email: skills@thefis.org or visit our website page on: https://www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this/

For further information about the campaign download the #iBuiltThis2017 campaign engagement brief for partners PDF here >>>

How Silver Trowel has cut their carbon footprint while continuing to support the next generation

How Silver Trowel has cut their carbon footprint while continuing to support the next generation

Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important in every walk of life. There’s a growing concern about the impact that greenhouse gases have on the environment and carbon reduction is a serious concern for all businesses. During Silver Trowel’s recent move into new premises at Daedalus Park in Lee on Solent, they decided it was time to look for an energy supplier that could provide them with a renewable energy supply contract that would cut their carbon emissions, reducing their environmental impact and helping them towards a sustainable future.

After reviewing the many options available on the market Silver Trowel chose SSE Green, which helps industrial and commercial organisations with their greenhouse gas reporting. With SSE Green, all of the electricity Silver Trowel uses hSilver Trowel Limited Green Certificateas a zero emission rating.

Silver Trowel felt confident in choosing SSE Green as SSE Business Energy has access to the biggest renewable generation portfolio in the UK and Ireland and can offer 100% renewable electricity generated through wind and hydro assets. With £4bn invested in new renewable electricity generation over the past decade, 2,500MW in wind power and hydro plant has been produced.

“We really did our research on what was available to us. However SSE through their Green package provided us with electricity that’s backed by Ofgem’s Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin scheme which means we are able to report a zero carbon emissions for the electricity we purchased. This is very exciting for us at Silver Trowel, and makes me feel confident that we are really doing our bit for the environment.”
– Colin Teagle / Director

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