15 October 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A working group to help the training needs of those who maintain state-funded school estates was launched at the Education Estates conference in Manchester this week.
Matt Isherwood, director of estates at the Brooke Weston Trust, officially announced the Education Estates Working Group (EEWG), the aim of which, he said, is to develop and improve the training options available to those working in maintenance and building caretaking roles at schools across the country.
Isherwood told delegates that the group was set up "in response to the increasing awareness of the risks and responsibilities associated with the school estate" and provides "a single voice for schools' estates issues".
The group's purpose is "not to provide the training but facilitate training and find out what the sector needs for training" and then to "articulate that with the training providers so their courses are attuned to fit the education sector".
Membership of the group comprises organisations with a professional support role in schools' estate issues. The core membership includes the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and others, including:
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) - chair
Catholic Education Service
Church of England Education Office
Educational Building and Development Officers Group (EBDOG)
Institute of Schools Business Leadership (ISBL)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Trust Network (TTN)
Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)