Until now, organisations such as universities, colleges, professional training firms and employment skills centres have delivered training and qualifications as BIFM recognised centres.
This pioneering move means Interserve, the construction and support services company, will start delivering BIFM qualifications in facilities management through its own in-house programmes. By having qualifications delivered in-house, they are able to support individuals wishing to progress within the facilities management industry whilst ensuring that the qualifications and assessment reflect the current work place.
BIFM Chairman Ismena Clout (pictured above centre) encouraged other organisations to follow in Interserve’s footsteps, saying:
“It’s really important for employers to invest in training and development for their staff because as we all know, your staff are your best asset, so by taking the time to invest in them and to develop them, you are helping them to become the best they can be, they will help you as a company to deliver best in-class service and develops you as a brand.”
Interserve’s curriculum is designed to meet specific development needs, across a wide variety of topics, from induction through to senior leadership programmes. Bruce Melizan, executive director at Interserve added:
“We are extremely proud to become a BIFM Recognised Centre. The endorsement highlights not only the importance skills development and training plays in our organisation but also the level and credibility this training provides for our employees.
“It is also especially important that we can provide our apprentices, graduates and new recruits to the industry a chance to develop their careers with us. I am incredibly grateful BIFM have worked with us on this and look forward to developing further qualifications with them in the future.”
BIFM Recognised Centres have the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and competence at whatever level (2-7) or whatever stage of their employees’ careers set against an internationally recognised and established standards framework.