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G4S FM expands apprenticeship programme

Published 20th July, 2015 by Neil Nixon

G4S FM expands apprenticeship programme

G4S Facilities Management has appointed two higher apprentices at its HQ in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Jessica Bignell and Maria Gibbs, who started in January this year, are studying for two-year project management higher apprenticeships as part of G4S FM's technical services team. They join more than 70 apprentices across G4S FM gaining experience in various functions including HR, finance, business development, management, business administration, customer service, and engineering.

A higher apprenticeship, which can lead to an HND, HNC or foundation degree, gives young people the chance to build up practical work experience and earn a salary while progressing academically up to higher education level. It offers a different route to traditional university study.

G4S FM recruited the higher apprentices through QA Apprenticeships, the first apprenticeships provider graded 'Ofsted Outstanding' in all areas. In addition to on-the-job training, Bignell and Gibbs have week-long training in London five times a year, and meet with the QA assessor every two months to review their progress with their line manager Chris Devereaux-Little.

“We are delighted to be able to offer these roles to young people,” said Devereaux-Little. “Apprenticeships are a great way of improving productivity and profitability, while attracting fresh new talent in the FM sector. Our first two higher apprentices, Jessica and Maria, are doing fantastically well and it's great to see such positive female roles in a male-dominated sector.”