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South Region CPD event report: Facilities Management Apprenticeships

05-04-18 15:28 BIFM

It’s been a year since the Government launched the apprenticeship levy to help reach their target of expanding apprentice numbers to 3 million by 2020, and yet apprenticeships (particularly higher-level offerings) are still largely under-utilised by both employers and employees.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggest that businesses are “put off” apprenticeships due to having to accommodate releasing trainees for one day a week to attend seminars, as well as having to shoulder some of the cost of the training programme.

Maggie Moss and Gillian Saieva from Southampton Solent University’s School of Business skillfully demonstrated the value gained from this initial “cost” to a business, sharing quotes from a recent conference they had attended; “Apprenticeships typically generate a return on investment of between 150-300%”. Maggie noted the importance of businesses acknowledging and collaborating with learning providers, so that they can offer relevant and useful courses which will benefit the workplace as much as the learner.

The FM industry embraces (and requires!) individuals of many different backgrounds, so having an apprenticeship pathway available allows those who may not have been able to access university courses in the traditional manner to gain equivalent qualifications whilst simultaneously earning an income. On-the-job learning adds depth and experience to subjects being taught in the classroom; arguably something a graduate would need time to adapt to when entering the workplace after finishing university.

For further information on FM apprenticeships, please click here.

The BIFM South Region committee would like to thank our two guest speakers for their presentation, and for hosting the evening at The Spark building. The committee would also like to thank the event attendees for generously raising £41 for charity (split between the BIFM Chairman’s chosen charity, Alzhemiers, and our regional charity, Rowans Hospice).

Our next event topic is Data Protection and is scheduled for Wednesday 25 April in Bishops Waltham – We hope to see you then.

South region contact details: ian.r.fielder@gmail.com, 07795 181009.

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