With the International Facility Management
Association predicting that the retirement of more than half of
today’s facility managers in the next five to 15 years will lead
to a significant talent gap, IFMA and its partner the Health
Care Institute are looking to recruit skilled new workers to
this important field.
the FM Shortage: Industry Leaders Discuss What Makes the Field
Great,” a new article from FacilityCare, Mike
Wood, director of Healthcare Market Development for Oldcastle
and president of HCI, points to two levels where he sees
immediate need for skilled facility workers.
“Engineering/technical skills at the mechanical equipment level
(i.e., operating engineers) and midlevel management that wants
to grow into the senior level,” he says.
One challenge healthcare organizations are facing in recruiting
new talent is that the next generation of FMs will need stronger
technology skills as the field increasingly moves from the plant
floor to the computer.
“Today we are designing more complex
facilities and central energy plants but hiring the same old
line plant engineers and operating engineers with the old skill
sets,” points out Jeffrey Kent, managing director of facilities
for Nemours Foundation and vice president of HCI, in the
To breach this skills gap, both HCI and IFMA are encouraging
higher-level training for the next generation of FMs. IFMA’s
Global Workforce Initiative is working to increase the number of
accredited FM degree programs around the world. HCI also is
working closely with academia, and pursuing research, analysis
and reporting on trends and topics that will be critical to the
future of the profession.
In fact, HCI is co-hosting a career fair on
Arizona St University campus as part of the
Southwest Hospital & Medical Facilities
Summit on March 10.
Although the field’s increasing complexity as one challenge in
recruiting new workers, the article highlights the fact that
this complexity is one reason many of today’s FMs love their
job. According to Wood, the “infinite variety of roles” he fills
keeps the job engaging.
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