5 March 2014
Apprentices who have since gone on to succeed in their chosen career are usually the best placed to articulate the value of the apprenticeship path, whatever the industry.
In facilities management, with its many routes into the profession, the experience of those who have since gone on to assume senior positions is even more valuable.
Today, those completely new to the FM industry can choose to start with an apprenticeship at level 2 and progress to a foundation degree, while learners with some previous FM experience looking to progress into senior management could choose the apprenticeship route that combines the BIFM qualifications at levels 4 and 5. But this is a relatively new route into FM-related apprenticeships.
Every day this week we will speak to a senior facilities manager about their experiences.
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Name: Pete Mosley
Job title: Managing director, Mitie Technical Facilities Management
1. How did you become an apprentice?
Growing up, I was given an early insight into the trades. I had two uncles in the heating and ventilation business and my brother was a pipefitter. At the age of 16 I applied to the company my brother and uncle worked at, and got my first job as a pipefitter. My son has just been through an air conditioning apprenticeship, so it runs in the family.
2. What was your experience?
My experience as an apprentice was very positive. I worked with some great engineers who were brilliant mentors for me. They took the trouble to train me and guide me through various aspects of the role; something I will always be grateful for. It gave me a broad understanding of all aspects of the business, and was an incredibly enjoyable experience.
3. What advantages has it given you?
Starting out as an apprentice has given me an understanding of what happens on the ground, and the challenges Mitie's people deal with on a daily basis. It helps me to ensure that they are provided with the right training and tools to excel at what they do. When I talk to current apprentices about my experiences I think it's quite an eye-opener for them, because they can see that with hard work there's no limit to how far you can progress.
4. Will today's apprentices benefit from the same circumstances?
Apprentices today can definitely still benefit from the same circumstances. I actually think apprenticeship opportunities are better now, as they have a more structured experience. At Mitie, we have dedicated apprentice training managers to ensure that our 93 apprentices are on the right path. Not everyone wants to be a manager, but the opportunities are there to progress if they choose to. I recently appointed a new operations director who started his career with us as an apprentice.
5. Who would benefit from an FM apprenticeship?
Anyone who is interested in learning the trades and prepared to get their hands dirty can benefit from an apprenticeship. With the increasing use of technology, good English and maths skills are necessary, as well as the awareness to work safely at all times. But above all, apprentices need to be willing to learn and be passionate about their trades - that's the best guarantee of success.