The Junior Engineering Engagement Programme

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!

We are determined to change the face of mechanical and electrical engineering in the UK; to inspire and establish a new and enthusiastic generation of young talent; and to put the UK back on the international map as an engineering centre of excellence.

ABM Mission Statement

Forewords from Jason and Kate

Jason Pease, Technical Services Managing Director, ABM UK

The J.E.E.P is a fantastic first step towards changing people’s perceptions about the facilities management and engineering industries, and to promote the incredible opportunities and careers that these sectors offer. This initiative isn’t a flash in the pan; making these industries appeal to the next generation of talent is a monumental challenge, and changes won’t happen overnight, which is why we see this as a long-term, industry-wide campaign.

It’s time to shake off the misconceptions around technical careers – the reality is that graduate apprentices are earning between £26,000 and £30,000 just a year after qualifying.

I am passionate about this initiative and believe it’s up to businesses like ABM UK to roll up their sleeves, set the benchmark, and be proactive about ensuring young people are aware of the options available to them to plug the skills gap that the entire industry is suffering from.

Kate Bellingham, STEM Ambassador and TV Presenter

I’m over the moon to be involved with ABM UK’s J.E.E.P initiative. Much of my work during the past two decades has been about promoting opportunities in engineering. It is genuinely exciting for me to be working with a company which is piloting such an innovative programme – and what better time to launch than to coincide with the Year of Engineering.

A fundamental part of my focus is to encourage young girls to consider pursuing STEM subjects as part of their ongoing education; so it’s incredibly pleasing to see that there’s an equal split of students in terms of gender participating in the J.E.E.P. For me the initiative is a win, win, and I can’t wait to see how the students develop!

ABM UK’s 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 male. 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 is the perfect route to a fulfilling and successful career – not enough people know about the breadth and availability of apprenticeships.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon.
Advocate of ABM UK’s J.E.E.P programme, Stemettes co-founder and CEO.

Want to be a part of the J.E.E.P?

If you are interested in being part of our Junior Engineering Engagement Programme please get in touch

Want to be a part of the J.E.E.P?

If you are interested in being part of our Junior Engineering Engagement Programme please get in touch

Interested in an apprenticeship at ABM UK?

If you are keen to explore what ABM UK can offer you as part of our apprenticeship scheme please get in touch

Interested in an apprenticeship at ABM UK?

If you are keen to explore what ABM UK can offer you as part of our apprenticeship scheme please get in touch

Meet some of our team

Name: Marissa Francis
Age: 25
Job title: HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) improver, and former graduate apprentice at ABM UK, where she completed her Level 4 HNC in building services engineering.

Marissa is an example to everyone. She works tirelessly to ensure that she is constantly furthering her education and career while also raising and nurturing her four-year-old daughter. She’s also a dab hand at winning industry awards along the way, with the highlight being crowned the H&V News Awards 2017  ‘Apprentice of the Year’ (Over 21)!

Marissa started studying engineering in school at GCSE level, and then went on to study mechanical engineering (Level 3) at Croydon College. She realised she was well suited to working in more hands-on roles, so applied for an apprenticeship with ABM UK – look at her now!

Name: Callum Chalmers
Age: 23
Job title: Maintenance electrical engineer and graduate apprentice at ABM UK.

When Callum was young he loved playing with Lego and mechanical games, and used these games to create electrical circuits and appliances. He also loved constructing things and even built a bicycle with his father when he was a teenager!

His favourite aspect about his job is problem solving and having his own responsibilities. He enjoys working as part of a team and devising a solution to a technical problem – he feels a great sense of achievement once it’s been solved!

Callum plans to continue working hard at developing his career and hopes to manage a team of his own one day.

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