Facilities management masters degree aims to bridge the gap

Graham Joslin
Graham Joslin
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The Facilities Management Association has developed a masters programme with Sheffield Hallam University for those with experience as office space managers or building regulators but no formal qualifications.

The aim is to upskill those who never had the chance to study for leadership qualifications allowing them to compete with new graduates.

Londoner Graham Joslin, in his mid 50s, is one of the first students on the distance-learning course which is provided by the university’s Sheffield Business School and lasts three years.

The course is being offered to members of the Facilities Management Association at a significant discount, according to Chris Hoar FMA chief executive.

He added: “This move represents our ongoing dedication to up-skilling the industry. The path of this qualification has never been taken before and has been designed for a number of experienced FM professionals in our industry that do not have any formal qualifications to compete with those gained by new graduates.

“It bridges the existing gap in education for the sector and highlights employer dedication towards staff. We were keen to partner with Sheffield Hallam to deliver this programme of study, as it is renowned for its work through the Centre for Facilities Management Development.”

The course builds on the university’s portfolio of facilities management courses, included an existing MBA.