Ian Fielder discusess how to inspire young people about FM.
10 December 2009
I recently had the great experience of being a 'green dragon' in the 2010 Wipe Out Waste Awards (WOW), which is the brain child of Footprint Friends, an eco-social networking group.
Schools around the country were asked to submit ideas on how they could become greener in different approaches. Fifty great WOW ideas were submitted, with Footprint Friends narrowing it down to 10 ideas they felt would have both maximum impact and the most chance of being implemented in schools nationwide.
The leading idea will be scoped for being implemented on a national level in all UK schools, with the winning team and their teachers being asked to be a part of taking their WOW idea into nationwide production.
The teams of students, aged 10-17, were invited down to London to pitch their ideas before the 'Green Dragons' at the Frontline Club in Paddington.
My fellow judges were Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO of Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP); Professor Bill McGuire, Footprint Friends Science Advisor; Rt. Hon. Joan Ruddock MP, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Casper Ter Kuile, co-director of UK Youth Climate Coalition and Kevan Roberts, South Coast Business Entrepreneur.
If we are going to inspire the younger generation to seriously consider facilities management as a career, this is the way to do it. Since introducing the new Construction and the Built Environment (CBE) Diploma for 14-19 year-olds in 2008, more than 3,600 pupils have signed up to take subjects such as engineering, media studies and construction and the built environment.
Education is key to the future of our profession, but mix it with fun and competition, and it surely is the way to capture the hearts and minds of the next generation of facilities managers.