National Apprenticeship Week: why professionals’ involvement matters 


  • Employment and Skills

07 February 2024

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From 5 to 11 February, IWFM and organisations across the board are supporting National Apprenticeship Week, an opportunity to recognise and appreciate the benefits that apprenticeships bring to individuals, organisations and society. 

Apprenticeships are a crucial part of workplace and facilities management (WFM), providing individuals with on the ground training and experience, helping them to succeed professionally and improve the sector’s recruitment and retention. By getting involved, individuals can gain a technical understanding of the sector’s vital elements, such as digital transformation, sustainability and building management, alongside important soft skills like leadership, communication and problem-solving. At IWFM, we believe WFM is a career of choice for today’s workforce and apprenticeships help attract a broad array of talent to the sector, regardless of background and career stage.  

To discover how apprenticeships affect individuals, we spoke to participants and advocates of apprenticeship schemes. George Carter, Facilities Manager at an international investment bank and IWFM Member, took part a few years ago. George commented on his experience, “Completing the IWFM Level 3 and Level 4 Apprenticeships has given me the knowledge and skillset to set me up for a career within WFM. It has allowed me to meet a wide range of professionals within the industry to learn from. I would highly recommend an apprenticeship as it creates the perfect balance between classroom-based learning and on the job learning.”   

Speaking in support of apprenticeships is Elliot Valentine, Chair of the IWFM Rising FMs Network and Safety Facilities Manager, who remarked , “Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for individuals to learn, grow and excel in their careers. Not only does the profession boast a range of career options, but it is one which truly enhances organisations and benefits people and planet. On National Apprenticeships Week, I encourage individuals to explore apprenticeship opportunities and for professionals to promote the benefits to those who take part.” 

If you’re interested in learning more about apprenticeships in WFM, click here.