Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 244
A CLEAN SWEEP
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT IS A FAST-EXPANDING SECTOR
WITH A VARIETY OF ROLES THAT HELP TO KEEP OFFICES
AND BUILDINGS CLEAN, SAFE AND RUNNING SMOOTHLY
ny company will
struggle to succeed
without an army
of support services
to keep its offices
and premises in
and running efficiently, from cleaning
and grounds maintenance to security
and waste management. Facilities
management is a fast-expanding sector,
with lots of room to progress, and now
is a great time to start your career.
Whether part of an in-house team or a
facilities management company, here
are some roles you could consider.
Good security is essential, but
what is required can vary, from
patrolling and monitoring premises
to guarding valuables, supervising
entrances and preventing shoplifting.
Security companies may also
install surveillance systems and
provide emergency responses.
What skills do I need? There
are no set requirements, although a
background in the police or armed
forces is an advantage. You need to
be confident in challenging people,
able to use initiative, make quick
decisions and write reports. You'll need
a criminal record check, and may also
have to complete industry training.
How can I progress? You
can progress to senior and
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