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BIFM and Asset Skills to develop higher level apprenticeships

Published 24th April, 2012 by Neil Nixon

BIFM and Asset Skills to develop higher level apprenticeships

The British Institute of Facilities Management has confirmed it is part of the Asset Skills led project to develop degree level apprenticeships in facilities management. Over £1 million has been secured by Asset Skills and the project team from the Higher Apprenticeship Fund to support apprenticeships in facilities management up to levels 4, 5 and 6.

The apprenticeships will offer an excellent way for new or existing employees to master practical skills in the workplace, whilst gaining a formal qualification. By extending the facilities management apprenticeships up to level 6 they help build an accessible progression pathway to nurture talent in the sector.

The Asset Skills led project partnership comprises the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), Sheffield Hallam University, Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), Leeds College of Building, Manchester College, the Training and Learning Company, and Westminster Kingsway College.

Linda Hausmanis, head of awarding organisation at BIFM, said: “We are delighted to be involved in such an important project for the facilities management profession, to be able to open up access routes and development pathways to attract and develop talented FMs. There has been a lot of work put in behind the scenes by Asset Skills and the project team to secure the funding for the sector. There’s a lot of work yet to do consulting with employers and the sector to build the new higher apprenticeships - for them to be a success they have to deliver on needs.”

The BIFM qualifications in facilities management address both the knowledge and competency components, each playing integral roles in the development of pathways in the apprenticeship framework.

The fund allocated to the facilities management sector is part of a commitment to grow Higher Apprenticeships with the launch of the £25 million Higher Apprenticeship Fund. In December 2011, 19 partnerships comprising employers and training providers were awarded £19 million to support more than 19,000 degree level apprenticeships.

Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM, said: “The fact that government is investing in our industry’s people demonstrates the value they see and the significance of facilities management to the economy, business and the world of opportunity it offers individuals. Facilities management is an industry that welcomes practical, logical and innovative thinkers which make this nationally recognised programme so relevant to us. We welcome this new opportunity to come together as a sector to continue to define and build accessible and practical development pathways. This work and the qualifications developed by the institute are fundamental building blocks to develop talent in facilities management and achieve sustainable succession planning to ensure facilities management keeps advancing and making even more impact on UK plc. Being recognised as a key industry in this way is an excellent platform for us all to elevate FM, and looking to the future, to continue to promote FM as a career of choice and aspiration.”

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