BIFM lends voice to “Perceptions of Apprenticeships” research findings
29-06-18 14:40 BIFM
Research commissioned by ABM UK and published this week established that ‘parents of young people in the UK don’t know what an apprenticeship is, signaling a wider awareness problem which is impacting career choices and creating a skills gaps in key industries’.
Our industry is facing a major skills gap and desperately needs to attract more young people to opt for facilities management as a career of choice . BIFM has been lobbying actively in Parliament and elsewhere on the question of apprenticeships, so was keen to lend its voice to this call for action. Here is what CEO Linda Hausmanis said “We welcome this important research by ABM UK and the excellent J.E.E.P. initiative. The facilities and workplace management industry is currently experiencing a serious skills gap preventing it from reaching its full economic potential. This is a diverse industry with relatively low barriers to entry and yet excellent prospects, supported by a career pathway from entry to executive level.”
“The awareness gap to potential opportunities highlighted by this research evidences a long-suspected need for concerted, early intervention to promote facilities management as a career of choice and its technical education route of entry. BIFM has recently partnered with the Department for Work and Pensions to that end and is seeking further opportunities for collaboration on this important matter to identify and encourage the next generation of facilities management professionals. The first DWP-BIFM Roundtable on FM as a Career of Choice is taking place on Tuesday 3rd July at the DWP headquarters in London”.
To read the full report, click here