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ABM Launches Sixth Year of Junior Engineering Engagement Programme 

ABM Launches Sixth Year of Junior Engineering Engagement Programme 
27 November 2023

Facilities provider ABM is again engaging with 11-12-year-olds to promote the world of engineering and facilities management.

The Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.) is now in its sixth year and aims to bring FM and engineering apprenticeships to students’ attention before they choose their GCSE subjects.  As the technical skills gap continues, ABM’s J.E.E.P. hopes to raise the profile of apprenticeships and the facilities management industry amongst young people and their parents.

The programme will be in place in four schools across London, Birmingham, Bradford, and Manchester for children in Year Seven (aged 11 to 12). 2023’s curriculum expands its focus to include aviation and soft services, including classroom sessions and field trips.

The programme is delivered by facilitators from education charity The Talent Foundry and supported by ABM volunteers from across aviation and business & industry divisions who attend sessions to mentor and support students.


75% of 2022’s Students Felt Confident or Very Confident About Their STEM Skills After J.E.E.P.


2022’s cohort of students reports that they felt that their knowledge of facilities management increased (95 per cent). 75 per cent of students felt “confident” or “very confident” about their skills in STEM after graduating from J.E.E.P. 

Richard Sykes, SVP and President of ABM UK and Ireland said: “Supporting the social mobility efforts of The Talent Foundry and dispelling myths about apprenticeships and what it means to be successful is something we are extremely proud of.

“But as well as it being the right thing to do, J.E.E.P is about rolling up our sleeves and proactively plugging the skills gap which our industry is facing. Apprentices earn between £26,000 and £30,000 just a year after qualification—often before the age of 20—and without accumulating any debt: the benefits of this, along with the limitless progression available is something we as an industry must promote.”

Cate Smith, Head of Programmes and Partnerships at The Talent Foundry added: “We look forward to another successful year of J.E.E.P., working hand in hand with ABM, to inspire and shape the next generation of talent in the facilities management and engineering sectors."

Picture: a photograph showing three students sitting at a desk, using a hairdryer and some plastic tubing in a science experiment. Image Credit: ABM 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 November 2023


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