Climbing the ladder
Professional development is at the core of IWFM and a fundamental reason for our being. Meanwhile, professionalising the workplace and facilities management sector as part of a distinct profession, recognised for its ability to enable people to transform organisations and their performance, is a key aspiration of the institute.
These interlinked objectives are behind the institute’s drive to reinforce FM as a value creator, not a cost centre, and they are critical to its future. They elevate the individual and the sector: future-proofing skills; creating opportunities; preparing for shifting priorities and unforeseen challenges; raising standards; and solidifying FM’s status as the leader in workplace optimisation.
If we are to become a chartered profession, we need more of those in membership to have their experience and professionalism recognised appropriately.
This month, we have published our 15th annual Pay and Prospects Report. It shows that the rate of professionalisation remains modest, with only half of respondents qualified in FM; yet the role of qualifications and professional development in driving upward mobility in the sector would appear to be beyond doubt. Encouragingly, around one in five respondents is still studying.
Last month, the University of Bolton was approved to deliver the first dedicated FM degree apprenticeship. The course, starting this autumn, is the first of its kind since the Level 6 Standard was introduced and offers a direct route to certified qualified status.
We are working to create more pathways to professional recognition so that everyone can climb the ladder.
Linda Hausmanis is CEO of the IWFM
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