Servest Group has launched a development programme to progress its team members and attract the brightest graduates into the organisation. Under the scheme, which begins in March, four graduates and four existing employees will embark on a two-year programme which includes time in each of Servest's main divisions: building maintenance, catering, security, cleaning, and central services such as HR, finance, and sales and marketing. In addition to learning practical skills in these areas, the participants will study management skills, backed up by the ILM qualification in leadership, which will be run internally. The starting salary is £20,000 with increments each year.
At the end of the programme, participants will join the most relevant division in a management role, or look to study further qualifications if they want to join functions such as finance.
“The scheme demonstrates our commitment both to attracting the best people into FM and also developing our own talented team members to ensure a leadership pipeline,” said Rob Legge, group CEO UK and Europe at Servest. “Both qualifications and experience are important in FM and by bringing both existing team members and new graduates into the scheme, we are reflecting thatneed.”
The Future Leader Programme will be marketed internally, on national job boards, through social media and at universities near to Servest's main office locations in Bury St Edmunds, Birmingham, Leeds, Hertfordshire and London.
Candidates need to demonstrate leadership potential, have top-notch communication skills and be a good fit for the fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture of Servest. Graduates must have at least a 2:1, but the degree does not have to be in a relevant discipline. The recruitment process will involve an initial application, telephone interview and profiling with a selected few being invited to an assessment centre. The process is designed to get to know them well as some who aren't suited for the Future Leader programme may be a great fit for other roles in the company.