To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Sodexo will transfer £800,000 of its annual apprenticeship levy to SMEs.
The services group has introduced a technical apprenticeship programme to attract new engineering talent and develop a pool of skilled engineers and future managers.
The facilities services group has appointed Qube Learning to support its strategy to upskill, develop and retain staff.
The group’s Global Integrated Facilities Management Academy has awarded Level 4 diplomas to nineteen managers.
The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers is looking for the next winner of its annual Young Manager Award, a unique career development opportunity.
The facilities management company has launched The Art of Brilliance training to support its workforce in weathering the Covid-19 storm.
Seven in 10 engineering services businesses say they currently do not have enough competent employees to undertake low to no carbon work.
The facilities management company has secured recognition on 15 of its in-house training courses.
The building engineering industry has launched a sector-wide consultation aimed at ensuring the UK has the necessary skillbase for delivering a low carbon economy.
What impact has the pandemic had on learning and development in FM? That's the question that learning provider International Workplace is seeking to answer for a key conference this month.
In a first for the sector, Mitie Security has successfully piloted virtual accredited training modules.
The training group is offering free qualifications for the unemployed, relaxed payment terms and support from their recruitment division to facilities managers who have fallen victim to the economics of epidemics, Chris Morris writes.
Jenny Mann, joint founder of Quadrilect, one of the first dedicated training providers in the sector, passed away on 5 February.
The IFMA Foundation is accepting applications for its 2020 scholarship programme, which is designed to support aspiring and practising facilities managers to pursue higher education.
The learning provider has launched Workplace DNA, an innovative news-driven digital update service designed to promote continuous learning at work.
Sixty learners have enrolled in the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management's newly created Level 6 Diploma in Workplace, launching what it calls a ground-breaking qualification.
The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers' annual Young Manager Award is still open for entries, but only till Monday.
Sodexo came top in two categories, Best Apprenticeship Strategy and Springboard Individual Ambassador, at the 2019 Springboard Awards for Excellence.
The UK's largest independent foodservice provider has partnered with Pearson Business School to launch a new degree apprenticeship scheme.
Urgent steps must be taken by government to reform the apprenticeship levy in England so firms can offer more of the high-quality training they need to succeed.
Compass Group UK & Ireland has become the first big player within the hospitality sector to sign up to the Social Mobility Pledge, underlining its commitment to equal opportunities.
The corporate office FM specialist has unveiled a new apprenticeship programme designed to offer career-building opportunities in facilities management.
Sodexo's corporate services business has launched a new programme to support and develop the next generation of FM leaders.
The industry-backed training and support organisation is reporting positive results on multiple fronts following its latest Impact Survey.
This is Mental Health Awareness Week, a timely reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health and needs to be a concern, and a policy area, for every organisation.
The FM company has become the first service provider to collaborate with the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School to offer a free e-learning module aimed at the sustainable use and management of plastics in businesses across the UK.
ABM UK has kicked off year two of its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme following a successful pilot year with three schools in West London.
The International Facility Management Association has been awarding scholarships to FM professionals for almost two decades. Applications are now open for this year's opportunity.
City & Guilds has accredited the facilities management company's training centre to deliver qualifications on behalf of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
International Workplace has been named as a finalist at the Learning Awards 2019 in the 'Learning Technologies Award' category, its second major accolade in two months.
Livery company the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers has opened nominations for its annual Young Manager Award, looking to find a talented young facilities manager deserving of the unique training and development opportunities the award provides.
The Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed an unexpected improvement to the Apprenticeship Levy announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The facilities management services provider has recently seen its approach to training reach the next level, with its academy being awarded City & Guilds Approved Centre status.
Three trade bodies have joined forces to secure an agreement with the four UK governments to manage and develop apprenticeships, qualifications and National Occupational Standards for the building services engineering sector.
A new partnership is giving offenders an opportunity to develop vital work skills as they recycle television sets from Amey's household waste recycling centres.
The new training academy is launched today (6 September) at Her Majesty's Prison & Young Offender Institution Isis, in a move to tackle the ongoing UK skills shortage while helping to reduce reoffending.
New government figures on apprenticeship starts show a continued fall year on year. The response from industry groups has also remained consistent.
Research commissioned by facilities services provider ABM has found that a worrying number of parents, and even more young people, don't know what an apprenticeship is.
The latest figures from the Department for Education show that the number of apprenticeship starts has continued to decline, leading to more questions about the effectiveness of the apprenticeship levy programme.
At an event held in London last week the hospitality services provider celebrated the success of staff completing its Graduate Programme and Advanced Management Programme.
The CBI has responded to publication of the latest apprenticeship start numbers, which have continued to decrease over those seen last year.
New Department for Education figures show that the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 27% in the first quarter of this academic year compared to last year.
In a press statement, BIFM’s CEO claimed that the circumstances surrounding Carillion’s liquidation should be used as a “catalyst for change”.
It appears the government's flagship apprenticeship programme is not working. Of employers paying the levy, less than a fifth support the current system.
The British Institute of Facilities Management is urging all businesses employing FM staff to lobby for changes to the Apprenticeship Levy, after it was revealed that allocated funding is insufficient to deliver degree-level apprenticeships in FM.
Sodexo has teamed up with the award-winning supported employment community interest company to help improve employment outcomes for young people with disabilities.
Against a backdrop of recruitment challenges, skills gaps and variable industry promotion, the facilities management company has devised a pilot programme targeting local students.
Department for Education figures indicate a 59% drop in the number of people taking up apprenticeships following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has entered into a partnership with 3edges to develop the programme, which will be delivered through the BIFM Academy from the first quarter of 2018.
The two international FM and property consultancy firms have signed a collaboration agreement to pool resources in the UK, Middle East, the Far East and Australasia to work on larger projects together.
Research from the British Chambers of Commerce indicates that many UK businesses are still puzzled by the government's key apprenticeship programme six months after its introduction.
The training and consultancy business International Workplace has been confirmed as a finalist at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 for the latest version of its bestselling online health and safety course.
Under the headline 'a career of choice', WhatisFM.com offers a shop window explicitly aimed at educating visitors on what FM is and does and the opportunities the industry offers.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has developed an online interactive FM Professional Standards Wheel that defines the competences necessary to be a proficient facilities management practitioner at all career levels.
The FM services provider has launched a company-wide learning and development initiative as part of its new Hidden Talent programme.
The standards for two new facilities management apprenticeships developed by employers in collaboration with the British Institute of Facilities Management and other key stakeholders have been approved by the Minister of State for Skills.
The construction to services group has launched a new campaign to improve employability skills and social mobility.
It's Learning at Work Week, the annual event that aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development in the workplace.
The collaborating partners are offering a combined suite of credentials and professional qualifications for facilities management in a single online academy.
From today employers with a wage bill of over £3m per year are liable for payment of the Apprenticeship Levy, the government's new scheme for funding training programmes.
To mark National Apprenticeship Week, OCS has announced that it is launching a new programme in the UK which will aim to recruit up to 900 apprentices in its first year.
The facilities management company was named 'Macro Employer of the Year' at last week's National Apprenticeship Awards.
As part of a drive to increase skills and capabilities within the 2000-member Government Property Profession group, the training services provider has been appointed to deliver accredited facilities management qualifications.
The BIFM is urging stakeholders across the industry to take part in a consultation on a new FM Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship Standard.
Southend United has kicked off a deal with Essex-based employment and skills specialist Seetec that will see talented young people recruited to the club's new Facilities Management Academy.
Sodexo has seen the first five employees graduate from its British Institute of Facilities Management-accredited training programme.
ISS is among 34 businesses across the UK recognised for their dedication to training and development, and the only such business in the FM sector.
Another of the original government-backed sector skills councils, this one supporting the building services sector, has come to the end of the line.
The BIFM reports that it is working with a 'trailblazer' group including employers and higher education institutes to develop a new degree apprenticeship for senior facilities managers.
One challenge that comes up again and again in discussions about the future of FM is the need to attract good young people into the business.
Collaboration in government and private sector organisations is increasingly recognised as crucial, but the contract performance consultancy FMP360 believes it also needs to be 'de-mystified' if it is to be truly understood and hence effective.
While the final news from last week's event involves the significant achievement of the organisation riling all its 4500 delegates, this is no cliff-hanger: there is a happy ending to a story which mixes ineptitude, misunderstanding and a major mea culpa.
The Facilities Management Legal Update course, organised by training, consulting and support group International Workplace, has become a fixture in the FM calendar, running now for over 20 years. This year's takes place later this month.
A unified career map is to be unveiled at this week's World Workplace conference in what the International Facility Management Association describes as a priority joint output of its global collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The BIFM and Quadrilect Ltd have announced that the current BIFM Training joint agreement will come to an end in September 2017.
The Department for Education, which assumed responsibility for apprenticeships policy at the beginning of the summer, is already being challenged by Parliament's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.
Compass Group UK & Ireland's security business has won a one-year contract with the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime to deliver Project Griffin training.
Despite various calls for rethinking, the proposed levy will come into force next spring, changing the way the government funds apprenticeships in England.
Sodexo has become the first FM provider to have its waste management training programme accredited by the industry's leading professional body.
The Energy Institute, the chartered professional membership body for the global energy sector, now offers an online qualification in energy management.
SummitSkills, the standard setting organisation for the building services sector, is running an online survey to gather views from employers in FM and property services.
The CIPD is warning that the Apprenticeship Levy is a 'blunt instrument' to tackle workplace skills as only 1 in 4 employers currently plan to use levy funding to invest in apprenticeships.
The BIFM is working with an employer trailblazer group to develop a new apprenticeship for FM Supervisors.
SummitSkills has taken over from the collapsed Building Futures Group and will now be managing the certification process for apprentices in the facilities management, cleaning and property industries.
Leesman Index, the world's largest independent measure of workplace effectiveness, now has a permanent base in the US with the opening of an office in New York City.
ISS has been singled out as a leading example of best practice in a new Business in the Community campaign to help companies break down the barriers in their recruitment processes and create accessible jobs for all young people.
FM is often talked about as being a people business. From cleaners to engineers, project managers to apprentices: people make up who we are and without them we simply could not succeed.
The British Institute of Facilities Management and human capital development solutions provider K-Pintar Sdn Bhd have announced a new government-backed qualification programme to raise standards in facilities management across Malaysia.
Four senior facilities management practitioners have backed the call from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for more fully qualified people across the industry.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has announced that its Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications are now available through an online learning and assessment platform, BIFM Direct.
The Institute of Leadership & Management, the UK's largest management body, has granted 'centre' status to the Servest Group.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched new FM training courses for Winter 2015/Summer 2016.
Employers are divided over the government's plans to introduce an apprenticeships levy, with 39% in favour in principle, 31% opposed and a further 30% undecided.
Sarah Oosthuizen is an international relations and politics graduate, bold enough to leap into the FM training regime at Bouygues Energies & Services.
Dutch university NHTV has been confirmed as a recognised centre delivering the BIFM Level 5 Qualification in Facilities Management.
ISS Facility Services says it has "revolutionised" its approach to training with the introduction of a fully integrated programme, which has gained BIFM endorsement.
Bouygues Energies & Services has teamed up with Groundwork, an environmental regeneration charity, on an initiative to open up new opportunities in the job market for people experiencing long-term unemployment.
FM employers can now purchase a package of licences for the BIFM online learning portal to enable their employees to undertake BIFM Levels 2 and 3 qualifications.
One doesn't automatically lead to the other, of course, but a good training and development programme can be critical in building the capacity to meet business growth objectives.
The International Monetary Fund has signed an agreement that will see the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the US training IMF facilities management staff.
Before he finishes the graduate programme at Bouygues Energies & Services, Robbie Kidd reflects on the past two years.
Cleaning and building maintenance company CAM Specialist Support has launched CAM Training Ltd, a new company focused on delivering a comprehensive range of specialist health and safety training courses.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced plans to give the term 'apprenticeship' protection under the law.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched its Aspire to Lead campaign, focused on career development in facilities management.
The Institute says that anyone in FM who is looking for information about CPD, training, management skills or career opportunities will find it at its Facilities Show Careers Zone.
The Middle East Facility Management Association has announced a new partnership with learning and development specialist International Workplace that will see MEFMA expand its range of courses in the GCC region and beyond.
FM training provider Xenon Group has launched a comprehensive guide to the institute's qualifications.
BaxterStorey, Holroyd Howe and Caterlink, all part of WSH, have joined forces to launch a new Apprentice Academy, aiming to create more job opportunities for young people in the food and hospitality industry.
Facilities management training and qualifications provider Xenon Group has announced its intention to launch a series of one-day courses in the north of England.
The support services group has gained accreditation as a BIFM Recognised Centre, enabling it to self-deliver BIFM qualifications.
The ISS Academy of Excellence is a partnership with Leeds City College and will provide a bespoke training programme for students who are passionate about working in the catering and hospitality industry.
The facilities management provider has unveiled a development programme designed to progress high-performing team members and attract the brightest graduates into the organisation.
Incentive FM has become the UK's first facilities management company to roll out a national initiative that will ensure blind and partially-sighted users can enjoy trips to its shopping centres in safety.
Learning and development specialist International Workplace is to run a Learning Hub alongside next June's Facilities Show.
Learning and development specialist International Workplace, formerly Workplace Law, is to launch a dedicated facilities management training programme to meet the demand for high quality, low cost FM training in UK and international markets.
Vivark, the FM and social enterprise business, has expanded its team with the appointment of a business development manager and four new apprentices.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has teamed up with Interserve, Vinci Facilities and the careers advice innovators Plotr to help young people discover the opportunities that a career in FM offers.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission report on conditions in the UK cleaning industry raised a series of concerns that need to be addressed, both across the industry and contract by contract.
Incentive FM is one of the few medium-sized businesses in the sector able to offer a fully self-delivered multi-service solution and often competes against the big players. It sees differentiation as key to its success in this complex market.
Workplace Law has developed detailed matrices setting out best practice health & safety and environmental competencies for a wide range of roles applicable to any industry.
Apprenticeships enable employees, new and existing, young and old, to learn new skills and gain qualifications. That's good for the individual, the employer and the country.
Upskilling or reskilling employees is one potential answer to two big issues in the FM industry: the need for more good people and the problem of low pay in some types of jobs. But skills training can be easier to talk about than to deliver.
Sodexo UK and Ireland has been awarded the status of BIFM Recognised Centre for the delivery of FM qualifications in-house as a part of the service provider's Integrated FM Academy.
Bouygues Energies & Services has become a BIFM Recognised Centre and now offers the BIFM level 3 qualification in facilities management in-house.
The Building Futures Group has announced the arrival of Asset Skills Training, a dedicated division of the business that will offer specialist training in FM, cleaning, housing, property, building maintenance and parking.
Last week, being National Apprenticeship Week, saw Bouygues Energies & Services increase its involvement with employment opportunities for young people by announcing the extension of its programmes into new areas.
The built environment research and consultancy group has launched BRE Academy with the goal of delivering 'world-class' training and education programmes.
PHS Group has won accreditation to deliver a bespoke Information Destruction Operations programme from the UK awarding body Skills for Security, becoming the first such recognised centre.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched new standards documentation designed to define the key functions performed by FMs and the competences required to be a proficient professional.
The Servest Group has extended its investment in staff development by introducing a leadership programme for key front-line managers.
Facilities management service provider Servest Group has obtained a substantial grant from its training partner, The Sarina Russo Group, a government-funded training provider of employment skills.
Integral UK has launched a new partnership with an Armed Forces charity to provide work placements for service personnel who are preparing to leave the Army, Navy or Air Force and pursue a new career.
The first facilities management employer to become an accredited centre for the BIFM Level 3 qualification has now teamed up with training provider Xenon to deliver the BIFM Level 4.
The support services to construction group sponsored the study which is the result of a cross-party inquiry by the Skills Commission into how the education system meets the needs of the workplace.
Jones Lang LaSalle has become the first property and asset management firm to be named a BIFM Recognised Centre.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has submitted an application to the Department of Education, supported by leading FM employers, for its Level 3 Diploma to be included in the 2016 Key Stage 4 Performance Tables.
Two higher apprentices from Leeds College of Building have been named the best in their field, having won first and second place in a competition judged by the British Institute of Facilities Management.
The British Institute of Facilities Management is now collaborating with a university in Malaysia to deliver its FM qualifications suite.
The outsourcing company has become the first FM business to achieve accreditation for its own management training course from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
The hard services-led FM provider has launched a graduate trainee accountant scheme to help support continued growth.
Fifteen candidates have passed the Facilities Management Association Certificate Course, the association reports.
The national supplier of tool and equipment hire and outsourcing services this week opens a new multimillion-pound, purpose-built training facility in Reading.
Gone are the days of the old mop & bucket cleaner. Now your contractor's staff are likely to be continuously trained and in pursuit of any one of a vast number of specialist qualifications.
The support services and construction group has joined forces with Leicester College to provide learning opportunities for staff working in the hospitals and NHS estate in Leicestershire.
The facilities management sector has pledged 10,020 apprenticeships and 11,192 Work Inspiration placements by 2015 to help tackle youth unemployment in the UK.
Which is more important in building a career in FM is a debate that must be about as old as the discipline itself.
The outsourcing group has launched the security sector's first full-time apprenticeship scheme.
The resource action group has launched a series of sustainable procurement e-learning modules.
Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Facilities Management Development has launched a research study looking at the current education landscape in FM.
Interserve has become the first FM services employer to become a BIFM Recognised Centre delivering the BIFM qualifications in facilities management.
ISS UK has signed up to support LifeSkills, a new programme launched by Barclays for business, schools and government to work together to remove the barriers young people face in moving from school to work.
Anyone interested in gaining qualifications in FM has a wide range of choice, but couldn't be blamed for finding it all a bit confusing.
The workplace services group has launched the PHS Academy, aiming to give its training and development function wider scope as well as more impact on the business.
The NEET generation, young people not in employment, education or training, is a terrible waste; but also potentially a great resource pool for FM.
A newly launched course will help businesses across the UK to cut their waste costs, comply with all relevant legislation and become more resource efficient, says the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Skills for Security, the not for profit sector skills body, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Security Industry Association following approval by board members of both organisations.
The catering group plans to invest £2 million over the next five years to accelerate and enhance its staff training plans.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has confirmed that holders of the FMA Certificate will now qualify for AssocRICS membership.
Shepherd FM has introduced a graduate programme with the unique feature of allowing successful applicants to join the scheme throughout the year.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched new Level 3 qualifications, completing its training suite.
Following the introduction of the new BIFM Level 3 qualifications, accredited tuition provider Xenon Group says it is ready to deliver the programme in workshop, blended learning and distance learning formats.
Jangro, the UK's largest network of independent janitorial and flooring product suppliers, has broken new ground with the launch of inexpensive training programmes.
The service provider's apprenticeship team has launched a programme designed to help young people aged between 18 and 24 into work.
The FM training provider has added the IOSH Managing Safely course to its portfolio, widely regarded as a basic requirement for all facilities managers.
ISS Sweden has launched a competition for students at Swedish universities, offering scholarships in return for new ideas in FM.
New apprenticeships have been launched at both entry and mid levels in a move to help strengthen the facilities management workforce.
Sallyanne Karassek, Project Manager for Vinci Facilities, is the first candidate to sign up for the newly launched MBA programme organised through the Facilities Management Association.
BIFM and an Asset Skills-led partnership have launched higher level apprenticeships at levels 4 and 5 in facilities management.
The Facilities Management Association has launched an MBA programme in association with Sheffield Hallam University designed to provide experienced FMs with a route to a top-level degree.
The limited-time-only access to funded apprenticeships in facilities management and cleaning has been extended by a month.
New research has found that young architects develop the best understanding of health and safety through detailed application rather than abstract study. There are lessons here for all professions.
A new white paper from the facilities services provider argues that detailed and effective training is the key to delivering high quality customer service.
Asset Skills is offering free apprenticeship places in facilities management and cleaning, but only in England and only for a limited time.
Westminster Kingsway College has launched new training facilities for the National Cleaning Academy in central London with the backing of service provider Not Just Cleaning.
BIFM-recognised training centre Xenon Group organised its first graduation ceremony last week for Level 3, 4, 5 and 6 students.
Interserve has become the first facilities management company to have its own internal auditor course recognised by the Chartered Quality Institute.
The Institute is set to launch a Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Facilities Management which, in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University, will lead to an MSc in Applied Facilities Management.
The British Institute of Facilities Management is backing the Asset Skills-led project to develop degree level apprenticeships in FM.
In partnership with the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, ISS has launched its Foundation Degree in Facilities Management with an investment of £250,000 over the next two years.
Asset Skills has started work on apprenticeships in FM up to levels 4, 5 and 6 after securing more than £1m in support from the Higher Apprenticeship Fund.
The sector skills council says the additional funds will support skills training across its remit in facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking.
The government has announced that funding is to be made available to Asset Skills to deliver training for up to 1000 Green Deal advisors ahead of the programme launch.
Technical skills training provider Develop has been appointed by infrastructure services group Enterprise on a three-year deal which equates to about 30,000 training days in all.
FM's sector skills council is calling on employers to suggest the types of skills training they think could be improved with money from a new £250m fund unveiled last week by the Prime Minister.
The British Council for Offices, in conjunction with the College of Estate Management, has developed an interactive online accreditation course based on the latest edition of the BCO Guide to Specification.
The building to support services group reports that 17 employees started the Kier Foundation Degree in Integrated Maintenance and Facilities Services in January.
EMCOR has taken a pioneering step with its first move to offer a programme specifically to train graduates in its facilities management business.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has thrown his weight behind a new partnership to ensure the UK has the right skills to implement the Green Deal, the government's flagship policy to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
Twenty-one Initial Facilities cleaning employees working on a London Underground contract have completed a Government-funded apprenticeship programme.
More than £2m will be spent on projects to drive employer investment in skills across the Asset Skills industry portfolio.
Workplace Law has been recognised for outstanding training courses, taking Silver in this year's E-Learning Age Awards.
The property and support services company says its recently developed talent programme is designed to make a difference to its clients and its people.
The facilities management training provider has thrown its weight behind the Children in Need initiative by offering one of their distance learning courses for auction.
BIFM-recognised training centre Xenon Group has confirmed that three students have become the first in the UK to successfully complete advanced FM diplomas.
MITIE has teamed up with Cranfield School of Management to launch an Executive Development Programme for an initial group of 24 senior managers.
The Facilities Services Group and its client British Waterways have developed a joint online programme providing a consistent approach to the delivery of health and safety training.
Service provider Not Just Cleaning has teamed up with London's Westminster Kingsway College to launch a new National Cleaning Academy to provide training and development for businesses and employees.
MITIE's security business has launched a unique Middlesex University accredited diploma in total security management for its own management team.
FM’s sector skills council is considering making a bid to develop new Higher Apprenticeships in Facilities Management depending on the scale of employer support that can be identified.
FM software specialist Innovise will be holding a 10-minute webinar focusing on improving customer service on Monday, 15 August at 2.00pm.
The UK Green Building Council has launched a new Task Group that will help scope and develop a Sustainability Lifelong Learning Framework for the built environment sector.
The jv training and development business, set up in 2008, has been acquired by FM Guru's parent company, Denton Business Services.
Team presentations, sales pitches, conference platforms. A nightmare for many FMs because communications skills are unlikely to have been a big part of whatever formal training they've had.
The support services and construction group has been awarded a Grade 2 rating by Ofsted for its provision of education services.
Leaving aside the eternal question 'what is FM', the issues surrounding qualifications must be the most discussed subject in the industry, certainly over the past year.
Asset Skills reports that demand for its programme of subsidised low carbon training is so great that it is adding new dates.
FM training, recruitment and consultancy group Xenon has launched the first of their BIFM-accredited courses just two weeks after officially opening their new London operation.
Spare a thought for our colleagues in the catering and hospitality industry where poor management and communication skills appear to be contributing to high staff turnover, low retention, poor customer service and reduced productivity.
FM's sector skills council is offering a number of places on a range of facilities management qualifications with 50% funding from the Skills Funding Agency.
The International Facility Management Association is on the brink of adding a third strand to its credentials suite.
After Business Secretary Vince Cable announced recently that the Government plans to increase the annual funding of apprenticeships to £1.4bn, a survey has indicated that employers find apprentices worth more to their businesses than university graduates.
After months of trying, we have managed to get hold of performance figures for the Level 3 in FM qualification. After a reasonably strong start, the programme looks like it might just fizzle out.
The outsourcing company has joined forces with training and support group A4e to launch the first MITIE Enterprise Centre, based at Hollesley Bay Prison in Suffolk.
Low recognition factor, confusing and under-promoted qualifications structure, chronic skill shortages, middle-age male stereotype: these are issues with which any campaign to 'professionalise' FM has to struggle.
Asset Skills continues on the move around the country, bringing the message to local employers about the launch of the new Level 3 Apprenticeship in Facilities Management.
The business relocation and workplace interiors specialist has confirmed continuing sponsorship for 2011 of a series of master classes and workshops for new and existing managers in FM.
Training and development of employees can be a powerful tool in any staff retention strategy, but it can also be costly. One recruitment specialist has a solution at the newcomer end of the scale.
Since the March 2010 launch of the new FM qualifications system, over 200 candidates have registered at levels 4, 5 and 6, according to the British Institute of Facilities Management.
New research from the Chartered Management Institute indicates that more than two-fifths of UK managers anticipate that their training budgets will be slashed next year. The result could be business-damaging skills shortages, according to the CMI.
Tool and equipment hire specialist HSS is the first company to receive formal endorsement for its training operation from the Facilities Management Association.
Asset Skills has welcomed the Government's new skills strategy, which looks set to keep employer input at the core of training and vocational qualifications development.
The Facilities Management Association, the trade association for FM, is set to launch a programme of formal endorsement for member companies' training schemes and courses.
A series of low carbon skills training projects is being launched for staff in commercial property, including facilities managers, property and energy managers, energy assessors and suppliers.
Public funding worth more than £1.5m has been secured by Asset Skills to train more than 800 candidates in new vocational qualifications in facilities management, housing and cleaning.
The news that the International Facility Management Association has revamped its FMP credentials programme, giving it an updated international focus, raises the question once again: how do aspiring FMs choose?
With government consultation on its future just closed, the IoD has damned the right to request time off for training as an 'unnecessary, poorly thought-through and badly designed' regulation.
The regional roll-out of the facilities management apprenticeship across England is continuing, with the most recent employers event held in Leeds.
Ten Interserve employees received their Facilities Management National Vocational Qualification Level 3 accreditation, the first in the country to undertake and complete the programme.
Skills levels of new recruits have improved over the last six months according to a new survey of facilities management employers.
Dave Wilson and Lionel Prodgers, both well-known figures in UK FM and beyond, have extended their Agents4FM strategic consultancy business with the creation of a new international training organisation.
A new survey has found that over a third of people questioned who suffer work accidents or injuries have not had health and safety inductions.
Xenon Group, the UK’s first approved provider of the full range of accredited FM professional training, has revealed another first: it is the first tuition provider to achieve full success for its students in the BIFM Level 4 assignments.
Asset Skills has renewed its invitation to employers to learn more about a new FM apprenticeship scheme.
Asset Skills has welcomed the government’s commitment to apprenticeships and says it hopes this will boost efforts to promote skills training through the new employer-funded Virtual Academy for Business Services.
A new facilities management apprenticeship programme is being launched in London and the South East, one of six such projects being trialled across England.
A new initiative from the sector skills council for FM, a Virtual Academy in Business Services, is intended to bring employers together to collaborate on raising the skills of the workforce.
From 1 April, staff in businesses that employ more than 250 people have the legal right to request time off for training.
The sector skills council has put out a call for facilities management professionals to become industry assessors for a range of new vocational qualifications.
The new BIFM qualification scheme, announced in 2009, is now being offered by a few providers who have been approved by the BIFM Awarding Body but the transition situation can be confusing, as Jane Wiggins explains.
New research shows facilities management employers are among the most committed to staff training, with more than a third increasing the time devoted to skills development during the recession.
In the face of ongoing change in, and considerable confusion about, qualifications in the facilities sector two government bodies have teamed up to launch a new website that aims to clarify and advise.
More qualifications and clearer career pathways are what this industry needs. Continued growth and professionalisation depend on more young people coming into FM by choice.
This year sees a fundamental shift in the FM training landscape, with the abandonment of the BIFM 'part' approach and the move to a new 'level' framework.
A new grant for facilities management and cleaning services employers in England has been announced to make it easier to take on young apprentices.
A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering argues that serious skill shortages in the built environment disciplines will make it virtually impossible to meet government targets for carbon emissions reduction.
Xenon Group, the West Yorkshire-based facilities management support company, is to be the first tuition provider to deliver the new Levels 4, 5 and 6 FM qualifications.
Two leading training organisations, HSS Training and NATAS, have teamed up to host a series of events throughout the UK, focused on sharing the latest information and guidance on working with asbestos.
An incompetent facilities manager has greater potential to kill, injure or harm staff, customers or neighbours than any other manager in most organisations.
With the BIFM and RICS both moving to enhance the qualification opportunities they offer to rising FMs, the prospects for practitioners seeking a mark of distinction have never looked better.
Compliance specialist Workplace Law Group has defied the recession by posting its best ever sales growth and acquiring new premises in the heart of the busy London legal district.
The independent training and development services specialist for the facilities and property management sector has been awarded Recognised Provider status by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Workplace Law Training has won Approved Learning Provider status for the Armed Forces Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has issued new position papers on energy and skills, updating the content and making specific recommendations to policy-makers.
The government has announced funding for facilities management apprentices in the NHS as a new apprenticeship in FM is officially approved.
FM and engineering group EMCOR has announced the opening of its Innovation Academy, operating in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton College.
Public sector bodies in England, and their facilities firms on outsourcing contracts, are being offered up to £2000 worth of skills training for qualifying employees.
Interserve Facilities Management has launched a programme giving its 20,000 employees the opportunity to develop their skills while working towards formal qualifications.
A new apprenticeship is being fast-tracked that will enable thousands of young people to be taken on in facilities management says the FM sector skills council, Asset Skills.
Xenon Group, the Yorkshire-based FM training specialist, is to launch the first Institute of Leadership and Management-accredited level 3 course next month.
All local authorities and their private sector partners in Building Schools for the Future projects are to be required to take on apprentices, creating up to an extra 1,000 places over the next year.
The GovernmentÕs Research Assessment Exercise has rated the University of SalfordÕs research in the fields of architecture and the built environment the best in the country.
A two-year partnership with a specialist health and safety training organisation has seen technical facilities and energy management provider Cofathec deliver training to managers across its London region.
Monteray, the BT service provider, has unveiled its own academy at Adastral Park, BT's flagship research and development site.
Facilities managers preparing for their annual performance review will find the process easier from today thanks to a unique self-assessment tool available on the new website of facilities and property management training specialists The Asset Faculty.
The National Outsourcing Association, the UK trade group that champions best practice in this business area, has introduced a new qualifications programme.
A £68m three-year agreement to boost skills development in FM and four other industries has been announced by Lord Young, the skills minister.
OK, so facilities management is difficult to define and explain. But if we don't clarify the entry and progression routes, that limits the growth of the industry - and leaves a large barrier in the way of FM's development as a profession.
A stark warning has been issued to organisations that think reducing training and development for staff will be an easy cost-saving measure.
The Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment has been launched with more than 3,000 students starting the school term on this new qualification.
What's the best starting point for a well-rounded FM - higher education or work experience?
The impending launch of the new Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment has seen more than 3000 candidates sign up.
Asset Skills is supporting new government proposals that include a legal right for employees to ask for time out to train.
FM's sector skills council, Asset Skills, has welcomed two major moves by the government to help raise the skills of adult learners.
Asset Skills is calling on the facilities management industry to follow the lead of three major companies that have been granted permission to award their own qualifications, equivalent to A-levels.
Asset Skills has welcomed a Government initiative that would help boost skills in the facilities management industry.
Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has renewed its strategic alliance with Jones Lang LaSalle.
Sheffield Hallam University will hold an open evening on Thursday 9 August for everyone interested in knowing more about qualifications in FM.
Staff training and development is a part of every organisation's HR strategy. But which is a better solution to your needs - an in-house programme or out of house providers?
If you need to step your earning power up a gear; if you need to position yourself for your next professional move - we just might have the answer for you.
UK businesses invested £33bn in staff training last year, more than any other country in the EU. They should be empowered to award their own nationally recognised qualifications, the CBI argues.
Developing on the existing and highly successful Undergraduate Certificate in FM, the Facilities Management Graduate Centre at Sheffield Hallam University has unveiled a new Foundation Degree in FM.
Education and Skills Secretary Alan Johnson and Schools Minister Jim Knight today unveiled plans for 3954 places on the new Construction and the Built Environment Diploma.
BPP Professional Education students taking the most recent BIFM examinations came away with results well ahead of the national average.
NPS Property Consultants, the property services provider owned by Norfolk County Council, has landed a10-year partnership deal with the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Fundamental FM, i-FM's highly popular one-day training course for people new to the business (or those who just want a better grounding), has been scheduled over a series of dates in the spring.
The latest three waves of the Building Schools for the Future programme will see 600 secondary schools transformed in 50 local authority areas.
NSI, the National Security Inspectorate, is to run a UK-wide series of complimentary half-day security and fire seminars early in the New Year, to provide organisations with updates on key issues.
Employers in the FM sector risk seeing jobs go south, and along with them productivity, unless the skill levels of the workforce are improved, according to a government commissioned report out today.
New research from City & Guilds reveals that companies in the construction and leisure industries are the most miserly when it comes to training spend.
Wilmington, the company that publishes FMX magazine, is aiming to fill a CPD gap in the facilities management industry with a structured programme that will support professionals as their careers develop.
Sector skills council Asset Skills plan to launch a series of road shows across the UK in September to test employers' views on industry needs.
Educational foundation Edge, which has over £300,000 to award to employers for on-the-job learning opportunities, has expressed astonishment at the low number of entries for this year's scheme.
Rumour had it that Villa FM was closing down and director Fred Kloet was set to return to The Netherlands. In fact, this is not true.
Asset Skills is working with the Business Services Association to bid to create a National Skills Academy for the facilities sector.
Asset Skills is currently undertaking research reviewing the extent and quality of current training provision for the FM industry and is seeking information from private training providers throughout the UK.
Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for facilities management, is looking for case studies that will help to promote the challenging and varied career opportunities offered within the FM Industry.
The British Red Cross has launched a new website offering customers 'real time' information for booking first aid courses for the workplace, the first organisation to offer this facility.
March will see a series of seminars and conferences aimed at facilities managers and their colleagues. A few events, recently announced, are highlighted below.
Asset Skills has added to the small but growing range of products it offers the property, housing, facilities management and cleaning sectors with the addition of a British Safety Council Awards Level 1 Certificate.
It's an old saying but it still rings true: "your most important assets leave your organisation every day".
Why does the UK continue to suffer from a short supply of engineering talent? Why is the gap getting bigger despite efforts to put an end to the problem? And where can FM help?
The future of facilities management in Sri Lanka could be shaped by Chinese investment, Sienna Emanuel reports
According to the Department for Education, apprenticeship figures have been decreasing in 2018. At the same time, perceptions of this career path continue to be debated and discussed.
As National Apprenticeship Week 2018 draws to a close, we talked to Andy Donnell, Group Managing Director at ABM UK, about where policy on apprentices may be going wrong and why it's worth getting it right.
Do the actions and objectives of the facilities management bodies align with where the industry is heading? Simon Iatrou talked with three professionals from different parts of the FM sector.
Simon Iatrou explores how one service provider's graduate training scheme is helping young people fulfil their potential in the built environment.
With the evolution of technology, today's facilities managers must focus on learning the skills they will need to stay relevant in the 21st century. Frank Logan examines how the sector continues to evolve.
In the first entry of a new graduate series from Bouygues Energies & Services, Sarah Oosthuizen explains why she is thriving in an unfamiliar facilities management environment.
Despite businesses investing significantly in leadership and development courses, a recent poll by research firm Gallup revealed that only a third of employees based in the UK are satisfied in their jobs.
Training and career development are crucial in any professional company or organisation that seeks to progress within its industry sector. And that is certainly true in cleaning, as Daniella Paolozzi explains.
Peter Forshaw explores the case for training and qualifications in the context of job finding and career building within the FM industry.
Since 2010, qualifications in facilities management have been a hot topic. Visit any FM event and you’ll be lucky to get away without hearing someone talking about FM qualifications.
John Lambert discusses the importance of training and what aspects need to be considered to ensure a thorough programme is in place.
In tough financial times, it is expected that most organisations will make cutbacks in order to become more sustainable.
Talk to any accountant, doctor or lawyer and you will find that qualifications formed an integral part of the early stage of their careers, and continuing professional development has been a constant throughout.
Qualifications in facilities management have taken great strides over the past few years. There is now more choice than ever.
We've learned something recently: the newcomer venturing into the realm of FM qualifications delivery needs to be prepared to meet a baffling mix of jargon, confusion, delay and obstruction.
New FM qualifications will be an important factor in making facilities management a recognisable, and desirable, career.
Health and safety has been in the spotlight again, with the Government looking at regulations and policies.
Asset Skills believes that career pathways supported by qualifications are critical to raising the profile of the industry.
Long awaited change to the education and training structure for FM is coming into force. Gavin Horrocks explains.
Toby Jenkinson talks to Professor If Price of Sheffield Hallam University about the future of FM and the role of higher education in opening doors.
Richard Brunning writes: Training is really pretty simple: you find a trainer, explain what is needed, let them chat to the line managers, create and deliver the training, sheep dip the staff through it, pay the bill - job done. No problem.
Patrick Jongbloet argues that it's time for a fundamental rethink of FM training. Why aren't the programmes on offer better tailored to needs? And why aren't FM professionals taking more of an interest?
Jane Wiggins argues that training and development in the facilities management sector are at a critical turning point.
Richard Elvidge reports on the current state of staff recruitment and retention in facilities management.
Unconscious bias has been common parlance in the business world for some years, and it continues to be one of the most important issues for business to recognise and manage.
And that is what's stopping our future talent from joining what one student called a 'hidden industry'. Sienna Emanuel asked a group of students what we need to do.
Engineers are everywhere: from creating new cars to designing prosthetic limbs, and of course throughout FM. But the industry is currently facing a challenging skills shortage.
The Stoddard Review argued that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5%, potentially contributing billions to the UK economy. But this largely depends on employees being able to work more productively.
Today, the UK's first ever Apprenticeship Levy officially comes into force, meaning 22,000 businesses will be liable to pay 0.5% of their annual wage bill into the fund. Andy Donnell offers a view of what this means.
This year's National Apprenticeship Week reiterated the importance of such schemes for young people’s employment prospects and as one solution to the skills gap. The FM sector has certainly benefited from the new talent, but we cannot become complacent.
Training and on-the-job experience is essential in helping people to stay in work and crucial to improving their chances for career progression.
With over a million young people not in employment, education or training, there is no doubt this issue needs to be addressed urgently; and FM is part of the answer.
With unemployment rising and more poor news from the economy, the facilities management industry recently fought back with the first FM careers event.
As the debate about industry qualifications rumbles along, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern what it is we are arguing about.
MITIE's decision to offer its staff access to mental health training demonstrates a genuine commitment to their well-being and continued development.
Dave Wilson's recent Comment piece makes some general points about FM qualifications and levels some specific accusations at the BIFM that deserve a response.
What do FMs want from training and what do they need from qualifications?
New research into a question that has been on people’s minds in this industry for years shows there is still much work to be done.
The Noughties are over and it's time for all in the FM sector to look forward to the future with new and improved optimism.