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HCI Leaders Ramp-Up Efforts to Recruit Next Generation of Healthcare FMs

  by Megan Headley | March 10, 2016
   
  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.

In “Stemming 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 article.

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.

To read the full article, click here.