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SBFM commits to nurturing future talent by joining The 5% Club

Soft FM service provider, SBFM, has pledged to increase the number of employees in ‘earn and learn’ positions over the next five years after joining the industry led young person’s recruitment initiative, The 5% Club.

The 5% Club is a professional organisation which works with employers across the UK who are committed to “earn and learn” positions as part of building and developing their workforce.

The pledge recognises the company’s significant contribution to the continued development of all its colleagues through ‘earn and learn’ schemes such as apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and sponsored student course placements.

In joining The 5% Club, members aspire to achieve five per cent of their workforce in these positions – including apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formalised training schemes – within five years of joining.

SBFM’s apprenticeship programmes continue to grow in strength year-on-year and, in 2022, SBFM welcomed its largest apprentice and graduate cohort to date, with appointments across its finance, HR and technology divisions.

It is the latest commitment in SBFM’s People Strategy – with the company’s colleague development programme now encompassing apprenticeships, mentoring, free workplace training programs and partnerships with educators and institutions to prepare colleagues from all backgrounds for careers in industry.

Kelly Dolphin, People and Social Impact Director at SBFM, said: “At SBFM we understand there is no single pathway into the working world, that’s why we have joined The 5% Club to reinforce our commitment to providing apprenticeships, mentoring, free education programmes and partner with educators and institutions to prepare colleagues of all ages for careers in facilities management.

“By joining this movement, we can continue to offer people a foot onto the career ladder – even when they may not have prior experience – and the chance to earn as they learn, and a clear pathway to access opportunities for long-term career development.”

2023 FMJ and Grundon Recycling and Waste Management Survey

FMJ in conjunction with Grundon Waste Management is pleased to launch the 2023 waste management and recycling survey which examines the ways in which FMs approach their waste management responsibilities.

In this, the sixth year for the annual appraisal, we know there is a greater opportunity than ever for FMs to reappraise their waste and recycling operations and help their organisations meet the growing pressure to achieve ESG goals.

We want to learn how FMs have adapted to the legislative, economic and societal changes of the past year and how they plan to meet the latest waste and recycling targets.

In this survey we’ve posed a series of questions which include insights into FMs’ waste management strategy and targets, how they’re moving towards zero waste targets, and the importance of not just meeting compliance targets but also ESG goals.

The results of the 2023 survey will be published in FMJ magazine and form the basis of a white paper co-written by FMJ and the experts at Grundon on how to approach waste and recycling strategies.

To take part click here.

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