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Training & Education


Never too late to learn


www.bifm.org.uk


A CBI report earlier this year highlighted the importance of education and training in supporting the growth of the UK


economy. The report argues that if employers invest £39bn a year in training their staff, with business increasingly demanding technician, leadership, management and higher level skills to meet their future job requirements, then the skills system must in turn support employers to raise the productive skills of the workforce.


The good news is that the system is responding and 2010 has been a high point in the introduction of new work- based facilities management qualifications. As a cornerstone of its mission to “advance the facilities management profession”, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has launched a suite of vocationally related qualifications from operational to strategic level. And the introductory level qualification


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in FM, (developed by the Institute of Leadership and Management in collaboration with BIFM), has proved to be a real success with over 500 registrations since its launch in 2009.


The new FM qualifications are accredited on the national Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and are based on a set of mandatory and optional units at each level. Each unit can be assessed separately and is based on a set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria which a learner needs to meet. With no formal examinations, the practical, work-based assessments allow learners to use their own experience and organisational context to complete assessments. These could include writing a report, developing a project brief or collating a set of presentation slides with speakers commentary. The emphasis is on setting tasks which are carried out in the workplace on a day to day basis and valued by employers. In today’s challenging economic climate,


Valerie Everitt, Director of Professional Standards and Education at the BIFM, gives us a lesson in training and education, for students old and new.


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