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EUROFM launches international FM mentoring programme

03 January 2008

The first international mentoring programme specifically targeted to provide support to facilities management practitioners has been launched by EuroFM to help FMs who responsibilities are increasing multinational across Europe

The programme aims to aims to connect experienced mentors with FM professionals whose work is growing to include new geographical regions of Europe, or multinational management, and who need support. The programme will link senior facilities management professionals who have worked in the European arena with these “mentees” to provide guidance and developmental support as they move into complex and challenging new work streams and regions.

The scheme is seen as being complementary to existing mentor programmes like the Young Manager’s scheme in the UK, and because it is specifically aimed at helping those working outside their home country it is hoped that this new initiative will greatly improve the success rate, and reduce the risks and stress, for first time international facility managers.

Introducing the scheme, EuroFM chair Albert Pilger said:
“ This scheme is part of the continuing development of EuroFM’s support for FM practitioners. We think there has been a significant gap in the support available to FM’s working across borders. Through this mentor programme and our many other projects we are trying to provide practical and valuable solutions to assist our members associations and the profession. The developing trend towards multinational facilities solutions gives opportunities and challenges to FM professionals, and we hope that EuroFM’s unique role in the industry can provide a fantastic contribution to help develop the facility management capability across Europe.”

Helena Ohlsson, Chair of EuroFM’s practice network group which runs the programme, said:
“We are expecting a significant level of demand from people needing guidance, and we hope that this will be matched by a very high quality of volunteers to provide the mentoring support. Along with our awards with PFM magazine, which are themed around partnerships across borders, we think the scheme will grow rapidly and I urge anyone interested, as mentor or mentee, to contact us”

The scheme details and application forms are available through the EuroFM website: www.eurofm.org

EuroFM is a Network of more than 75 organisations, all focussed on Facility Management. They are based in more than 15 European countries and represent professional (national) associations, education and research institutes and corporate organisations. This open Network of professionals, academics and researchers generates a rich mix of activity, initiated by three network groups: the Practice Network Group, the Education Network Group and the Research Network Group. These Network groups forming the core of EuroFM. The EuroFM members are involved in an open exchange of information and experience through meetings, seminars and workshops, through collaboration in research projects, sometimes funded by EC, and through the development of joint educational programmes. Proceedings of these activities are disseminated through the Network via the EuroFM Website, an annual conference and through newsletters, research papers and publications in Facilities.

Further enquiries / contact details: Email: eurofm@eurofm.org

Mail:
EuroFM
c/o Dorien Michels
APPR
Gooimeer 3-20
1411 DC Naarden
The Netherlands

Telephone: + 31 35 694 27 85
Fax: + 31 35 694 74 27


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