As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, international FM solutions provider OCS Group has announced that the business is launching a new apprenticeship programme here in the UK which will aim to recruit up to 900 apprentices in its first 12 months of operation.
From 6 April, the scheme will offer apprenticeships in a range of operational FM, management and business support functions (including ICT and Human Resources). Open to both new and existing OCS colleagues, the programme will offer vocational learning through local training providers and further education colleges, as well as leadership development to degree level, thereby providing multiple pathways for individuals to progress their career.
A series of roles across all service lines and functions will be advertised on the OCS website (www.ocs.co.uk) throughout the course of the year.
The launch of the scheme is part of a renewed focus on training and development within the organisation following the appointment of CEO Peter Slator back in December 2015.
Stuart Rowberry (resourcing and development business partner at the OCS Group who’ll be responsible for leading the scheme) said: ‘The forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy provides the perfect opportunity for us to implement a development programme which delivers for our people, our customers and OCS. Apprenticeships will allow us to attract and retain the best talent through a focus on supporting their careers, while also equipping our workforce with the skills needed to best support our customers and the strategic growth of OCS Group in the coming years.”
OCS Group presently operates across five continents, employing more than 87,000 people in 50 countries worldwide. Turnover for the year ending March 2015 was £926 million, with OCS Group ranked 59th in last year’s Sunday Times Top Track 100.
The company offers more than 80 individual services from security, catering, cleaning and waste management through to maintenance and hygiene. These services can be delivered individually or as part of a fully-integrated FM solution. OCS manages and delivers services to organisations across both the public and private sector.
As a private business now in its fifth generation of family ownership, OCS Group firmly believes in sustainable solutions. The company’s maxim ‘Here Today, Here Tomorrow’ reflects the delivery of solutions to specific FM issues which are sustainable in financial, human, community and environmental terms.
OCS Group takes an active role in the FM community as a member of both the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Business Services Association.