What can a career in workplace and facilities management look like?
We believe workplace and facilities management (WFM) is one of the most exciting and diverse professions you can pursue. A typical day can involve driving positive environmental change through effective organisational sustainability, to optimising space and building requirements, to directly enhancing people's wellbeing and safety. By utilising the latest technology, insights, and future work practices, WFM professionals take on a variety of influential responsibilities in their roles.
Ways people get into the profession
Workplace and facilities management is open to professionals from all walks of life. Senior and specialised roles often require specific qualifications, but many entry-level roles accept professionals with transferrable skills and experience.
For example, workplace and facilities management has become a career of choices for former and active servicepeople, professionals at the beginning of their career, professionals transitioning back into the workplace after break and young people.
Workplace and facilities management has direct links to a range of sectors, including but not limited to building design, construction and maintenance, grounds maintenance, security, cleaning and sanitation, energy management, industrial, retail, hospitality and catering, environmental services, events, office services and technology services.
How to move your career forward
To help professionals at your level develop, IWFM’s industry-recognised qualifications are available from Level 2 to Level 6, in different sizes: Award, Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma. Each course is built from a combination of mandatory and optional units, providing flexibility and choice, and can be customised by you and your organisation, to suit both individual and business needs.
IWFM’s Introduction to FM training course serves as a practical and actionable course for professionals to learn more about the sector, how they can develop and the opportunities that are available to drive positive organisational outcomes, like sustainability and productivity.
With IWFM, members receive access to regions and special interest groups (SIGs) and the variety of events they host throughout the year. Additionally, members can talk with our team, who are always on hand to talk you through your options for professional development. Additionally, gain exclusive discounts on all our training courses and connect with the IWFM community with our IWFM members-only Community groups forum.
Become a member
Let us assist your professional development and help you work towards a rewarding career.
IWFM training courses are an ideal way to build up your experience and enhance your employability. Choose from a range of topics at a level that suits you and access the resources through a new, easily navigable Learning Management System. We recommend the below courses as a starting point for WFM professionals at an early career stage, click below to find out more.
IWFM Mentoring is our free, one-to-one, personalised career support service which we provide as an inclusive benefit for members in professional grades and those with a complimentary one-year membership as part of their IWFM qualification.
Once you register as a mentee, we will pair you with a mentor who has the knowledge, experience, and skills to help you learn, shape your career, and grow into the professional you want to be.
Build your network by getting involved with your local Region, SIGs or working group that suit your professional interests. With 15 groups to choose from spread nationwide, choose from a range of groups from Education to Sustainability, Women in FM to the Veterans Network.
Why you should belong to professional body
One of the crucial ways a workplace and facilities management professional develops their skills and experience is by joining a professional body, gaining access to best practice, educational resources, networking and professional development opportunities. A professional body like IWFM allows professionals to stay aware of industry developments and acquire new skills to enhance their professional effectiveness.
IWFM is proud to represent a diverse group of global professionals, with each professional having different motivations, responsibilities, goals and more. However, IWFM provides the resources and insight that enable professionals to maximise their potential and benefit their organisation. Discover some of our wide array of resources including:
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Episode 99 of our Navigating Turbulent Times webinar series.
Episode 98 of our Navigating Turbulent Times webinar series.
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