World FM Day: making FM a ‘Career of Choice’


  • Employment and Skills,
  • Facilities

13 May 2022

WFMD 2022

IWFM is committed to growing our profession by helping to inspire the next generation of workplace and facilities management professionals. A key method we use to achieve this is the IWFM Career of Choice programme, developed in partnership with award-winning education consultancy Class of Your Own.

Through this programme, we encourage members to visit schools and engage young people to promote the profession. We support these visits via a variety of resources and gladly assist with any questions.

IWFM Chair Mark Whittaker is a keen supporter of Career of Choice. As he puts it: ‘We need to raise the profile of facilities management and the exciting (global) career opportunities to young people, so they consider it as a career option at a younger age. It is important for all of us within the profession to let people know what we do and fundamentally to try and attract fresh talent into the industry, by explaining what a rewarding and diverse career opportunity it represents. If one person decides to pursue a career in FM, the workshops… would be a success to me.’

IWFM has invited a group of students to attend our upcoming flagship Conference to showcase the profession and its powerful potential for creating change. This activity will start our post-pandemic engagement with the potential next generation of FMs.

Get involved

Do you want to inspire young people and show them what an exciting career in workplace and facilities management might look like? Please click here to find out more about IWFM’s Career of Choice programme and get in touch via email on: [email protected]

Join us at Facilities Show

On Wednesday 18 May, Mark Whittaker will be joining IWFM Rising FMs SIG member Conrad Dinsmore, IWFM’s Head of Policy Sofie Hooper, IWFM Deputy Chair Andrew Hulbert, and Theresa Lamarque, Director of Strategic Partnerships, 300 North, at next week’s Facilities Show for a seminar discussing skills challenges in the profession. Titled ‘Turbulent times: FM's best upskilling opportunity?’, the session will look at filling the skills gap in the profession by attracting new talent. Find out more and register your place at Facilities Show by clicking here.