Servest Group launches dedicated Future Leader Programme

Posted On 08 Dec 2014
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N4042Facilities management solutions provider Servest Group has launched a development programme specifically designed to progress the careers of high-performing team members and attract the brightest graduates into the organisation.

Under the scheme, which begins in March next year, four graduates and four existing employees will embark on a two-year programme which includes time spent in each of Servest’s main divisions: Security, Building Maintenance, Catering, Cleaning and Central Services (such as Human Resources, Finance and Sales and Marketing).

In addition to learning practical skills in these areas, the participants will study management skills and be backed up by way of the Institute of Leadership and Management’s qualification in leadership (which will be run internally).

At the end of the programme, participants will join the most relevant division in a management role or look to study further qualifications if they wish to join functions such as Finance.

“The scheme demonstrates our commitment both to attracting the best people into FM and also developing our own talented team members to ensure a leadership pipeline,” said Rob Legge, Group CEO for the UK and Europe at Servest (pictured).” Both qualifications and experience are important in FM and, by bringing existing team members and new graduates into the scheme, we’re absolutely reflecting that need.”

The Future Leader Programme will be marketed internally, on national job boards, through social media and at universities near to Servest’s main office locations in Bury St Edmunds, Birmingham, Leeds, Hertfordshire and London.

Candidates need to demonstrate leadership potential, have top-notch communication skills and” be a good fit for the fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture” of Servest.

Graduates must have at least a 2:1, but their degree specialism does not have to be in a relevant discipline.

The recruitment process will involve an initial application, telephone interview and profiling with a selected few being invited to an Assessment Centre.

Transparent and innovative partnership approach

Servest Group employs more than 16,000 people over 6,000 sites across the UK, with the company priding itself on a transparent and innovative partnership approach.

The organisation self-delivers value-for-money bespoke solutions to clients in the retail, leisure, public, commercial, construction, transport and logistics sectors.

Servest is 73% owned by Servest South Africa with the remainder of the business owned by the UK management team.

The company takes an active role in the facilities management community as members of” among others” the British Institute of Facilities Management, the Facilities Management Association and the Confederation of British Industry.

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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.