Inaugural batch of Sodexo employees graduate from BIFM-accredited training programme

Sodexo has seen the first five employees graduate from its British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)-accredited training programme.

The Sodexo IFM Academy achieved recognition from the BIFM two years ago, and was viewed as a step forward in Sodexo’s development as a recognised BIFM Centre of Excellence when it comes to integrated facilities management (IFM). More than half of Sodexo’s UK and Ireland activity is made up of IFM business.

The first five graduates – from Sodexo Corporate Services and Sodexo Healthcare – now hold a BIFM Level 4 qualification, affording them an insight into the FM marketplace and the skills and knowledge required to effectively and efficiently manage and operate IFM contracts.

A further 80 employees are enrolled into the Sodexo IFM Academy, with more expected to graduate next year.

Andrew Wilkinson, marketing director at Sodexo Corporate Services, said: “As the FM industry becomes increasingly professionalised and the marketplace moves towards a delivery model of strategic partnerships, the Sodexo IFM Academy is central to providing both meaningful development for employees and a platform for us to compete.”

Wilkinson went on to comment: “We’re incredibly proud of our first graduates from the Sodexo IFM Academy, all of whom have worked hard to earn a BIFM Level 4 qualification. By training our employees to such a high standard, we look to benefit clients by instilling within our employees a solid understanding of an industry that’s constantly evolving and responding to trends in technology and practice.”

Linda Hausmanis, acting CEO at the BIFM, explained to Risk UK: “The Sodexo IFM Academy demonstrates a true partnership between the BIFM and industry. We’ve worked closely with Sodexo’s Learning and Development team to put in place the framework and process that will train and develop individuals and teams towards the achievement of an internationally recognised professional qualification aligned to FM professional standards. It evidences the value that employers place on upskilling staff with BIFM accredited qualifications and the FM professional standards that underpin them.”

In conclusion, Hausmanis commented: “I extend my congratulations to the individuals from this first cohort of graduates and, over the coming months and years ahead, look forward to recognising the achievements of many more individuals currently enrolled in BIFM-accredited programmes through the IFM Academy.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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