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Develop develops new FM training division

11 August 2011

Technical training provider Develop Training has launched a dedicated Facilities Management Division which replaces EM&BS (Electrical Mechanical and Building Services).

This reorganisation is a result of market developments which has seen a massive shift with 98% of courses attended by staff from Facilities Management operators and contractors. This is due in part to the increase in outsourcing to FM providers. There has also been a merging of hard and soft FM with both in house managers and contractors becoming involved and responsible for both areas and as such increasing demand for training.

As part of the restructure the Facilities Management Division has invested in a team of professional Account Managers that are client focused and solution driven. Develop Training is also broadening its offer with the launch of a new Facilities Management Consultancy service for FM customers which has already provided review and assessments for a number of blue chips customers.

Supporting its other accredited courses, Develop has launched an ILM Apprenticeship in Facilities Management created for those already employed in a FM role and wanting to gain a recognised qualification.

Mark Dougall is Director of the Facilities Management Division at Develop Training and comments on these initiatives. “In a fast moving sector the change of name really reflects the growing importance of FM but we are doing so much more than changing our name. We are investing heaving into supporting and expanding our training and facilities to meet these changes.

“It was still only relatively recently that the range of FM-specific technical qualifications caught up with the needs of the sector and there is alng way to go.”

Originating in 2000, Develop operate through six Training Centres across the UK offering training, consultancy and assessment programmes across all industry sectors. To meet increasing demand in the South East for FM Develop is soon to announce the opening of another permanent base in the London area.

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