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Harlow's Halfon Fixes It for Apprenticeships

The standards for two new Facilities Management Apprenticeships developed by employers in collaboration with the British Institute of Facilities Management and other key stakeholders have been approved by the Minister of State for Skills - at the time of publication.

The FM Manager (Level 4) and Senior/Head of FM Degree (Level 6) Apprenticeships will be available to FM professionals looking to take the next step in their careers later this year once the assessment plans for each have also been approved by the Government.

The new Apprenticeships are part of a series that have been created by a Trailblazer Group of employers and higher education institutes in conjunction with BIFM following a 2013 government review to give employers a greater say in the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of their workforce.

 

Level 3

In February, an FM Supervisor (Level 3) Apprenticeship standard and assessment plan was approved for delivery, while an expression of interest has been made to develop a Facilities Services Operative (Level 2) Apprenticeship.

BIFM acting chief executive Linda Hausmanis said: “Many people tend to think that Apprenticeships are only for entry level employees but having FM Apprenticeships at all levels will provide many valuable benefits to both employers and their staff, enabling organisations to upskill their people as part of their ongoing learning and development throughout their careers.”

Katie Nightingale, early careers manager at Kier Group and chair of the Trailblazer group, said: “Apprenticeships have always been and will continue to be a vital entry route for people into our business. With a push from government and employers to improve Apprenticeships and offer even more options, including degree level, we believe the opportunities for individuals to forge a great and sustainable career in facilities management can start with an Apprenticeship.”

 

Pictured: The Rt Hon Robert Halfon

Robert Halfon was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Harlow in May 2010.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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