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.”