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U.S.A. Finding Future Facility Managers

Publicado por FAMASE el 30/09/2014 (ENG)

In the United States, there is clear documentation and proof that there is a crisis in unemployment and lack of job skills in the labor market. In an effort to help fill the gap between expected high levels of retirement in facility management (FM) with few choosing FM as a career of choice, the IFMA Foundation has determined from recent research this is a global crisis. The Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization with the mission to make FM a career of choice, notes the following:

■ 75 million youth are unemployed.

■ Half of the youth today are not sure that their postsecondary education has improved their chances of finding a job.

■ Almost 40% of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies.

In the U.S., this issue is getting attention with the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in July 2014. To innovate, it is necessary to have an international perspective as many countries are experiencing similar labor market challenges. The IFMA Foundation is joining in this global conversation through its Global Workplace Workforce Initiative.

To provide some perspective: it is predicted that over 50% of FM professionals will retire in the next 10 years. And corporations cannot fill vacancies in FM with enough qualified staff. A recent Jones Lang LaSalle study identified the average age of FM professionals is 49—significantly older than the general working population average of 43.

Meanwhile, job placement for graduates with a degree in FM is nearly 100% with great starting salaries. Yet there are not enough FM degree programs or graduates to fill the FM vacancies coming available.

One of the key programs of the IFMA Foundation is the accreditation of degrees in FM. Currently the Foundation and the FM Accreditation Commission have recognized 31 degree programs (two year, four year, and graduate) at 28 colleges and universities worldwide. The Foundation also raises money for scholarships for FM college students, awarding more than $1.2 million to hundreds since program inception. .../...

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