25/06/2021

Categories: Undergradute

University Becomes First Institution to Deliver Dedicated FM Degree Apprenticeship

Here at the University of Bolton we are delighted to have been approved as an IWFM Recognised Centre. This will allow us to be able to deliver the IWFM Level 6 Extended Diploma as part of a dual award with our BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Built Asset Management programme. We are the first University to have been approved to offer this dedicated Degree Apprenticeship in Facilities Management.

Together, these two qualifications form the necessary requirements for the Senior/Head of Facilities Management Degree at Apprenticeship standard. Since the Level 6 qualification was introduced, this is the first course of its kind. For those individuals who are looking for Apprenticeships in the North West, this offers a new and exciting opportunity to study Facilities Management (FM) at this particular level. Our courses will start this autumn.

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Why is this such an important step?

Just a couple of years ago we could never have envisaged the events of the last 15 months. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the global economy, in particular the hospitality sectors and large corporations. Prior to COVID-19, the biggest worry these sectors were facing was what Brexit might mean for them. Now, as vaccine numbers are increasing, and hospital admissions are reduced, and remaining relatively stable, the nation has begun to slowly “build back better”.

 

At the same time, statistics are showing that alarmingly, the UK economy is suffering from a serious shortage of necessary skills, including in the FM sector. This was the case before the pandemic, but now those skills that are around in the profession are in even greater demand. The IWFM have carried out research into the issue. A third of those people they spoke to felt that this lack of skills had already had a negative impact on their organisation last year and they didn’t see things changing any time soon.

What does this mean for students?

With such a significant skills shortage within the FM sector it is hoped that there will be a greater uptake of Manchester Apprenticeships through the new course at Bolton University. This is an ideal opportunity for students of all ages but lends itself particularly well to those older students who are already working in the industry to combine work-based learning, a University education and their ongoing professional development to gain the skills and qualifications that will allow them to progress in their career.

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FM Degree Apprenticeship Courses at the University of Bolton – The Skills for a Great Future

For many students, an Apprenticeship offers a way to combine employment with learning, while learning those vital skills and gaining the qualifications needed to progress up the career ladder. Apprenticeships in the North West have always been a popular choice with a wide range of students, and this new course has been carefully put together to fill a vital gap in in the FM sector.

At the University of Bolton, we are proud to be the first University to be able to offer a dedicated FM Degree Apprenticeship that can pave the way to a rewarding career in the FM sector. Our state-of-the-art facilities and specialist educators are here to offer you the perfect setting when it comes to taking those first steps in further education. We’ll help you to gain the expertise and skills that you need for an industry that will offer you plenty of employment opportunities.

The University of Bolton has been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction for the past 3 years*. We offer a University experience that is welcoming, inclusive and always put the needs of the student, giving them the opportunity to experience #UniAsItShouldBe.

If you would like to learn more about the University or Manchester Apprenticeships in the FM sector, we would be delighted to talk to you. Our team of friendly advisors can be contacted on +44 (0)1204 900 600. Or, you could message our advisors at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

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