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RICS and BFG Lay Down Education Plan and a Pathway to Professionalism

17 September 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), in collaboration with The Building Futures Group, is launching a new initiative to open up a career path in the facilities management sector.

The two organisations will announce their plans at an event, taking place at the RICS London offices on 23 September, entitled ‘Pathway to Professionalism’. Sponsored by Barclays, the event will explore career progression opportunities for people working in FM, and will encourage entrants to the sector from a wider range of backgrounds.

The partnership will see The Building Futures Group’s Strategic Manager, Senior Manager and Manager qualifications offer entry to RICS’ Associate qualification (AssocRICS), which was developed as an opportunity for people without a degree to benefit from a professional qualification that is recognised around the world.

The event will form part of a series of future tie-ups between RICS and The Building Futures Group, including training, conferences and guidance on FM best-practice.



Johnny Dunford, Global Commercial Property Director for RICS, said: “RICS offers a home for entrants to the FM sector who aspire to climb the career ladder. Our professional standards call for FM to be given a more strategic role in business management. Through our partnership with The Building Futures Group we are offering an opportunity for people to transition their career path from operational into strategic FM.”

Steve Davies, FRICS, Chair of The Building Futures group added:  “As a fellow of RICS, I know first-hand the value of chartered status as an individual and its importance those operating in the facilities management Industry. The collaboration between RICS and The Building Futures Group marks an important event in the development. The opportunity for those in FM to become chartered professionals through a vocational pathway will increase client confidence and help the UK FM industry to be recognised at all levels across the globe.”

Richard Sykes, CEO of ISS commented: “Facilities management provides essential services across the UK. Behind every FM business is a talented workforce enabling Britain’s industry to retain its competitive edge in a global market. The collaboration between RICS and The Building Futures Group should enable professionals working in our sector to receive chartered status through industry led training and development opportunities. This initiative will benefit individuals, FM organisations and customers, as the industry seeks to raise standards to the highest level.”

For further information on the opportunities offered by RICS to professionals in the FM industry, Click here

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 17 September 2014


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