Training Scotland

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has joined with the FIS (Finishes and Interiors Sector) to support the Academy for Construction people, based in Glasgow, in developing a Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) at NVQ 2 level in Interior Systems / Dry Wall Lining Fixer and Passive Fire Protection.

The Academy has secured funding from CITB to develop a Pilot Training Scheme for the Specialist SAP courses over the next 18 months. This pilot scheme is for 24 trainees in the following occupations; Interior Systems / Dry Wall Lining Fixer and Passive Fire Protection.  The Academy will also be supporting programmes for Asbestos Removal and Demolition operatives.

The Specialist SAP will initially commence with Passive Fire Protection and then Interior Systems trainees on the site-based programme. The ASFP and FIS will work with the Academy to monitor the training standards.

The Passive Fire SAP training will commence in the Training Centre in Nisbet Street, Glasgow on 30 November of this year; with dry wall lining and demolition/asbestos trainees commencing early in the New Year. Several companies have pledged support for this predominately on-the-job 18-month training programme for both new young entrants and upskilling for existing operatives. On the job assessment is carried out by appropriately trained assessors with proven track records in their trade.

All assessment is subject to external verification and mentoring support is given to the trainees on site. The SAP programmes have the support of both the National Demolition Training Group Scotland and the Scottish Specialist Contractors Training Group – who can assist member companies with recruitment.

On completion of the 18 month programme, all operatives will have achieved an NVQ Level 2 in their area of expertise.

Commenting on the initiative, ASFP Head of Training Phil Brownhill said: “The provision of a formal training and educational route to becoming a competent installer of passive fire protection systems is something that ASFP has consistently supported. We applaud the efforts of the Academy, Avesta Group and ASFP members in Scotland.”

For further information on these and other courses please contact Shona Farrell, Centre Manager at the Academy for Construction People, Nisbet Street, Glasgow on Tel: 0141 554 1369;   email: