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i-FM Collections - Professionalising FM

This is a big topic, stretching across everything from recruitment and training issues, through enhancing standards of practise, to gaining general recognition for facilities management as a true profession. A number of companies have been quite active, especially on training and especially on the service provider side, and the industry bodies have introduced various campaigns and initiatives. The links below will take you to recent stories particularly closely associated with the professionalising FM concept. There is much more around this subject on i-FM, and you can of course use our search function to pursue related topics.

Industry organisations

What future for a slimmed down BFG?
In a strange but not wholly unexpected turn of events, the Cleaning and Support Services Association has decided to return to its independent existence.

RICS research highlights cost of ineffective FM
New research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that UK businesses could be losing out on savings of nearly £1bn as a result of their failure to adopt a more effective approach to facilities management.

RICS publishes second set of FM case studies
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has published six new case studies focusing on strategic facilities management and building on its ongoing theme of professionalising FM

RICS launches strategic FM case studies
The six case studies, developed by consultancy and training group Workplace Law for RICS, are intended to provide practical examples of best practice in strategic facilities management.

[All RICS FM content can be accessed via our separate i-FM Collections page here.]

BIFM targets young people with careers initiative
The British Institute of Facilities Management has teamed up with Interserve, Vinci Facilities and the careers advice innovators Plotr to help young people discover the opportunities that a career in FM offers.

RICS and BFG in joint careers move
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has teamed up with The Building Futures Group to launch a new initiative to open up a career path in the facilities management sector.

BFG launches national cleaning and FM campaign
Citing fears of an ageing workforce and impending skills gap, the Building Futures Group has launched a national campaign with the aim of attracting young people to both sectors.

BIFM offers next-steps career guide
The BIFM has published a six-page guide designed to help FMs, whether just starting out or experienced professionals, make decisions about the next steps in their career in the industry.

BIFM launches professional standards
The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched new standards documentation designed to define the key functions performed by FMs and the competences required to be a proficient professional.

RICS calls for action on strategic FM
In a new report, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors calls for 'innovative new dimensions of measurement' to prove FM's effectiveness and its impact on productivity and profitability.

BIFM: Professionalising FM
Talk to any accountant, doctor or lawyer and you will find that qualifications formed an integral part of the early stage of their careers, and continuing professional development has been a constant throughout. 

Company training initiatives

OCS becomes a BIFM Recognised Centre
The support services group has gained accreditation as a BIFM Recognised Centre, enabling it to self-deliver BIFM qualifications.

BIFM recognition for Sodexo training
Sodexo UK and Ireland has been awarded the status of BIFM Recognised Centre for the delivery of FM qualifications in-house as a part of the service provider's Integrated FM Academy. 

BIFM recognition for Bouygues
Bouygues Energies & Services has become a BIFM Recognised Centre and now offers the BIFM level 3 qualification in facilities management in-house.

Interserve builds on training commitment
The first facilities management employer to become an accredited centre for the BIFM Level 3 qualification has now teamed up with training provider Xenon to deliver the BIFM Level 4.

Research & advocacy

CBRE offers view on operational excellence in FM
Facilities management organisations must achieve three primary objectives to maintain operationally excellent performance, according to a new research report from the CBRE Group.

The what and when of service excellence
Should FM providers aspire to deliver excellent service at all times? The answer may not be as obvious as it might seem, according to new research commissioned by ISS.



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