Media Release: College partner firm wins top award


FES Facilities Management (FM) – Forth Valley College’s partners in a Modern Apprentice (MA) training facility at the Alloa Campus – have won a prestigious industry award.

At a gala awards ceremony held in the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Monday 13 October, organised by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and attended by 1,350 industry professionals, FES won the Learning and Career Development category.

The BIFM awards judges said FES FM were “committed to knowledge and skills development” and had a “long-term commitment to staff development across a range of activities”, of which the new facility at the Alloa Campus was a major part.

Tom Gorman Forth Valley College’s associate principal and executive director Estates Development and Ian Morrison, FVC’s head of Construction both attended the awards ceremony.

Tom, said: “We are delighted for FES FM who thoroughly deserve this industry recognition for the innovative and forward thinking way they approach the development and training of their staff. The training academy facility at the Alloa Campus is state-of-the-art and we are proud to be helping to train the next generation of FES FM professionals.”

Duncan S Fletcher CBE, chair of the FES Group, said: “We are extremely proud to have been selected as the winner for the Learning and Career Development Category at the BIFM Awards. FES has consistently maintained strong family values and a commitment to promote and develop talent from within the company and the local communities in which we work. Our longstanding relationship with Forth Valley College is fundamental to the continued successful delivery of our training and development programme. This approach ensures we have the necessary talent and skills to support the requirements of our clients across the UK.”

Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, who officially launched the exciting new Modern Apprentice (MA) training facility at Forth Valley College’s Alloa Campus in March 2014, said: “I am delighted that FES has won this award and recognition for their cutting edge training facility at based at Forth Valley College in Alloa. The hands on training that this facility provides is exactly what’s needed to equip apprentices with experience of the varied real life situations they will meet in the facilities management business.”

Steve Gladwin, BIFM Awards chair of the judges, said: “The BIFM Awards are the highlight of the FM calendar, and an important occasion for us to celebrate our achievements and to reflect on our amazing profession. The award’s categories cover key industry trends such as customer experience, developing our people, sustainability and technology, and entries we see are of a constant evolving high standard. This constantly re-iterates what an exciting dynamic sector FM is.”

The partnership between the College and FES FM created a new fully equipped Facilities Management National Training Centre to train 12 MAs – at least six of which will be from the Forth Valley area – to SVQ level 3 standard

FES FM, part of the FES group of companies are recognised as one of the leading, rapidly growing independent service groups in the British Isles with sustainable Facilities Management contracts in place for up to 25-30 years. To ensure workforce sustainability and in line with their Skills and Employment Strategy, the Facilities Management Division has committed to recruiting 12 Building Services MAs from across the UK each year over the period 2013-2017 and have teamed up with Forth Valley College to help train their new MAs.

Forth Valley College, one of Scotland’s leading providers of Modern Apprenticeship and vocational training, will deliver the SVQ programme and the new practical facility (fully funded and fitted out by FES FM) will also create opportunities and pathways for 16-24 year-olds within the Alloa catchment area.

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