PFM 21 5 Jul 2018 - Page 17



NEWS
news
new talent to the engineering and
facilities management industry. In
January this year it welcomed 36 West
London schoolchildren into the pilot of its
first-ever
Junior
Engineering
Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P).
J.E.E.P. has been an outstanding
success and plans are in place to extend
it to further schools from September
2018. The move recognised that, despite
government
initiatives
like
the
Apprenticeship Levy and the introduction
of T-levels, businesses have a
responsibility to safeguard the future, too.
ABM UK Director Adam Baker continued:
“Our programme aims to actively recruit
new talent into the industry – it’s time to
shake off the view that technical careers
are about oily rags and no prospects. In
reality recruits in this sector are in such
high demand that graduate apprentices
are earning between £26,000 and
£30,000 just a year after qualifying –
usually before they’re 20 years old – and
they have no debt.
“This is an issue we need to tackle now.
We know that business leaders across
the industry acknowledge that shortages
of skilled staff will impact the success of
their business, making it clear that filling
the knowledge gap doesn’t solely sit with
the government or parents. It’s
everyone’s responsibility – including
industry bodies and commercial
enterprises – to collaborate in fixing the
problem.”
In her role as an advocate of ABM UK’s
J.E.E.P programme, Stemettes cofounder
and CEO
Dr Anne-Marie
Imafidon was encouraged by some of the
findings, saying:
“The report told us that just 16 per cent
of young people considered technical
roles to be ‘for boys’, but we know that
89 per cent of the UK’s current
engineering workforce is male3. That
means that for 84 per cent of young
people, a gender barrier has been
crossed and that engineering and
facilities management is well positioned
to set the standard for better balance in
the future. To make this happen we need
to leverage the influence that parents and
teachers have by giving them the right
information.
“University is often publicised as the
‘only’ route but this is not true.
Apprenticeships are a fantastic viable
alternative, which allows young people
to earn while they learn and then, often
before they are 20 years of age, have
debt-free foundations from which to build
a solid, well-paid career. For many, this
Adam Baker Marketing and
Business Development
Director_ABM UK
is the perfect route to a fulfilling and
successful career - not enough people
know about the breadth and availability
of apprenticeships."
British Institute of Facilities Management
CEO Linda Hausmanis said: “We
welcome this important research by ABM
UK and the excellent J.E.E.P. initiative.
The
facilities
and
workplace
management industry is currently
experiencing a serious skills gap
preventing it from reaching its full
economic potential. This is a diverse
industry with relatively low barriers to
entry and yet excellent prospects,
supported by a career pathway from
entry to executive level.”
“The awareness gap to potential
opportunities highlighted by this research
evidences a long-suspected need for
concerted, early intervention to promote
facilities management as a career of
choice and its technical education route
of entry. BIFM4 has recently partnered
with the Department for Work and
Pensions to that end and is seeking
further opportunities for collaboration on
this important matter to identify and
encourage the next generation of
facilities management professionals.”
ABM UK has already collaborated with
suppliers and clients who see the value
in taking action, and the company will be
looking at competitors for their
involvement as the initiative develops
throughout 2018, the Year of The
Engineer.
For full details of the research
commissioned by ABM UK, or ABM’s
Junior
Engineering
Engagement
Programme (J.E.E.P) visit www.jeepabm.org.
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