FM as a Career of Choice - The IFMA Foundation's Global Workforce Initiative (GWI)

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The IFMA Foundation encourages FM as a Career of Choice. Through the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI), the Foundation and our volunteers are encouraging students to consider a career path in Facility Management.

FM is facing a severe lack of trained professionals entering the workforce. In the next five to 15 years, more than 50 percent of the existing FM workforce will retire. The IFMA Foundation has accredited degrees in FM around the world with more than 4,000 FM students enrolled in these 30 degree programs. However, the annual demand for new FM's entering the profession is far greater than this number – with some companies individually looking to hire more than a quarter of this number of students annually. Graduates of these accredited programs enjoy a nearly 100 percent placement rate, typically with multiple job offers and opportunities.

To help fill this growing workforce gap, the Foundation’s Global Workforce Initiative connects education, training, support services and credentials for FM while engaging national, regional and local employers to help meet their needs while strengthening their workforces and local economies. FM educational programs address high school, community college and higher education institutions.

Our current pilot implementations in Northern and Southern California, New York City, Dallas/Fort Worth and other areas have already reached more than 1500 students in dozens of high schools. The number of regions and chapters involved continues to grow.

Getting Involved

The GWI needs you and your organization or company. Here are some ways that you can be a part of making FM a career of choice:

  • Donate - The IFMA Foundation needs financial and volunteer resources to support the initiative.
  • Consider having your organization participate on the GWI Advisory Council. For more information, contact Jeff Tafel, IFMA Foundation Executive Director at jeff.tafel@ifma.org directly. This high-level group of dedicated organizations help direct the strategy of the GWI while financially supporting the initiative.
  • Volunteer - with hundreds of different opportunities, it's easy to become a part of the GWI team.  Contact amy.arnold@ifma.org for more information.  
  • Event Presentations - members of the GWI team can speak to your organization, chapter or company. Contact us for details »

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