25 April 2016 | Julie Kortens
The start of 2016 has seen some fantastic developments in both the Institute and profession.
Our team have been working closely with a variety of employers on how to develop their FM people through our career development pathways, unique in the profession, and offering membership, qualifications and training at each career stage.
Working to provide the career pathways, tools and materials to help you succeed and employers develop FM employees is at the heart of our work and in March we were proud to make the BIFM Level 4 qualifications available online through BIFM Direct, an accessible self-study option that can be studied anywhere around the world, online, anytime and at your own pace. This is in addition to level 2 and 3 which are already available and we've seen this new option taken up by professionals and organisations around the world. You can find full details at www.bifmdirect.org.
This addition to the portfolio of study options to achieve a BIFM qualification was an important step for us in opening up access as part of our shared commitment with the Cabinet Office for fair access to the professions and builds on the amazing choice offered by our network of Recognised Centres.
Looking forward to the next few months details will be coming out shortly regarding the AGM (13 July 2016) where we'll be putting forward a series of resolutions following our in depth governance review and reform programme which has been looking at access to the board as well as the agility and resilience of the Institute.
We've also been analysing our offering and with the recent readers survey of FM World, we are reflecting and looking at how we can improve and refine the service, insight and news that you receive through the magazine and we'll be working on an enhancements programme over the coming months.
As you know we've been going through a rigorous recruitment process to find our next CEO and I'm delighted that we have appointed Ray Perry who will be joining us in late May.
Ray brings with him a wealth of professional body experience and will be working closely with James Sutton, our current CEO, to ensure a smooth and detailed transition.
Julie Kortens is Chairman of the BIFM