ABM UK has recently kicked off year three of its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (JEEP). The programme aims to tackle misperceptions amongst children and their parents of the facilities management industry and create a pipeline of future technical talent.
The third year will build on the success of the programme which has been delivered by ABM and partners to over 280 students since 2017. In addition to this figure, the JEEP Teacher Pack has also been downloaded by thousands of teachers for self-delivery.
Supported by education delivery partner The Transformation Trust, ABM UK is taking the immersive programme into 12 new schools, reaching new students in London, Leeds, Manchester, and Bradford. Year three will see over 250 budding engineers participate in the programme.
ABM UK director, Adam Baker, said: “The past two years have been a huge success, going from 32 students in year one to over 250 in year three is fantastic. Targeting schools in ‘opportunity areas’ has been a huge focus - we want to ensure all young people have the same opportunities to learn about the variety of paths to success available to them...university is not the only way.”
Adam Baker continued: “Research from final module surveys revealed that there was a 14% increase in students considering engineering and facilities management as a career and a 24% rise in the understanding and importance of apprenticeships. Seeing feedback like this shows us that the programme is working. Our goal is to change perceptions of apprenticeships and the FM industry across the UK and we’re in it for the long haul.”