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Author:Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Country:United Kingdom
Start Year:2016

Sarah McMonagle, Head of External Affairs


Tel: 0044 207 025 2901



Types of organisation:Professional bodies and networks
  1. Developing two new apprenticeship standards in bricklaying and plastering – as part of the UK Government’s trailblazer initiative, all apprenticeship standards must be converted into trailblazers by 2020. The Federation of Master Builders was concerned that too many of these standards are being developed by large contractors and so set up the FMB trailblazer group and applied for permission to develop standards in bricklaying and plastering. We expect the standards to have been approved by the Government, along with the corresponding assessment plan, and be ready for delivery by September 2017.
  2. Master Builder Awards – once every two years, the FMB holds the Master Builder Awards which includes a category called ‘Apprentice of the Year’. We also present an award to the employer of this apprentice which helps promote apprenticeship training to employers and motivates more firms to consider taking on an apprentice.
  3. FMB and NFB Women’s Network – the FMB is working with another UK trade association – the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – on a Women’s Network. One aim of the network is to promote women in construction. Once the network is up and running, we hope that our female members will join the CITB ambassador programme and provide talks about the construction to school children – increasing interest in the industry among children in general and young women in particular.
Short company / organisation description:The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level. The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free service to consumers called ‘Find a Builder’.
Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
  • Members of the Federation of Master Builders
  • Construction Industry Training Board
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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