05 December 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Facilities management services provider ABM UK, has launched a training scheme which aims to embed the skills of the profession into the minds of 11 year olds.
ABM have said that the move "recognises that despite government initiatives like The Apprentice Levy and the introduction of T levels, businesses have a responsibility to safeguard the future".
The pilot programme called Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P) launched at an event in west London last night, will be offered to 36 year 7 children from three London Borough of Ealing secondary schools: Northolt High School, Brentside High School and Featherstone High School.
The pilot will run from January to July 2018 and "engage pupils in engineering and facilities management with interactive sessions, and educate them that careers in their sectors are full of opportunities and earning potential".
At the end of the programme pupils will received a certified qualification from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), which will work as a credit towards an apprenticeship or further course should they decide to pursue a career in the industry when they leave school.
Andy Donnell, managing director of ABM UK, told FM World the pilot was a way to introduce children to the facilities management industry early but also "to engage parents and teachers and schools". He said: "Parents are uneducated about the advantages of FM."
He added: "This is not about ABM but our industry. We would love if our competitors would get this pilot into their [training] programmes."
Linda Hausmanis, chief executive of the BIFM, which helped develop the pilot, welcomed it. She said: "For many years the demographic time bomb facing FM has been much lauded and finding ways to encourage young people into FM as a career of choice has been a long-held ambition of the Institute."