FM is at the centre
And now businesses are reopening and deciding how to work, FMs are getting creative. They're readying space for reoccupation, and in many cases, coordinating space for a complete change of use - to be more collaborative. Basically, facilities management is now a major player in business continuity and growth. It’s the perfect opportunity to help people see FM as a vital and rewarding career.
But in the meantime, companies need to work hard to find the talent they need. Here are four ways to help combat the skills shortage:
Recruit from the Armed Forces
By partnering directly with universities, FM companies could find talented people right at the beginning of their career path and build out programmes that help them see the long term potential they could have within the sector. There are career opportunities for almost every skill set – engineering, bid writing, buying, relationship management, financials, data analysis.
And with an increasing focus on technology, AI and data, facilities management is a great choice for innovative minds.
Whatever companies within the FM sector do to fill the skills shortage (us included), we need to act now to make sure that we don’t see the talent pool drying up.