The facilities management industry has an image problem that we want to change. People either don’t know about the opportunities that facilities management and engineering offer or they think it’s about oily rags and no prospects… and this couldn’t be further from the truth.
As an industry, we can’t expect this to change if we, the individual businesses, don’t do anything to help. While the industry is already seeing the impact of this skills gap in terms of an acute lack of new talent, changing perceptions takes time and we need speak to the young people that could be working for us in a few years’ time. That’s why our Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P) will look to engage young people across the country.
Through 10 immersive modules, including two out of this world field trips, our J.E.E.P students will learn what a career in facilities management and engineering looks like; their eyes will be opened to the variety of paths available that lead to their version of success; and they’ll also understand that success exists outside of grades on a piece of paper.
At the end of the programme, each student will receive an industry-accredited qualification that will serve as credit to any further qualifications or apprenticeships they decide to pursue down the line.
Good luck to all J.E.E.P students on this exciting journey!