11 January 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Stakeholders across the facilities management (FM) industry are being urged to take part in a consultation on a new FM Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship Standard.
Employers and suppliers to the FM sector are invited to provide feedback on the draft Standard, which is being developed by a 'Trailblazer' group of employers and higher education institutes in conjunction with BIFM to create new FM apprenticeships that reflect the Institute's Professional Standards and the competencies required of somebody working at a management level in FM.
BIFM acting chief executive Linda Hausmanis said: “Apprenticeships can provide many valuable benefits to both employers and employees. For apprentices, they can equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to forge a successful career in their chosen industry, while for employers they can provide a highly effective means of developing their staff, providing them with a skilled and motivated workforce to meet their business objectives.
“As such, we are keen that the proposed Standard has the widest possible support and it is therefore crucial we consult with employers and other interested parties to gather feedback so that the new FM Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship can not only be successfully applied across the sector, but ensures that the FMs of the future have the desired knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the industry."
The development of new FM apprenticeships follows a 2013 government review into existing apprenticeship frameworks to identify areas for improvement to support the skills development needs of the future. A key reform was for employers to drive development, giving them greater say in the knowledge, skills and behaviours required and therefore leading to higher-quality apprenticeships of greater relevance to the industry.
Standards and an assessment plan for the FM Supervisor (Level 3) Apprenticeship were approved by the Department for Education following consultation during 2016 and are due to be published later this year.
The proposed FM Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship Standard can be downloaded here.
The online consultation, which is open until Thursday 19 January 2017, can be completed here.