Apprentice Award Win

26th January 2015

Apprentice Award Win

Stirling Modern Apprentice (MA) Stephen Lewis won a top award as he and his colleagues completed the first year of an innovative Forth Valley College and FES FM partnership training programme.

Building Services and Maintenance MA Stephen and his ten classmates have been working with the successful Stirling based firm, and attending the state-of-the-art training facilities at the Alloa Campus, which were officially opened by Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP Keith Brown last March.

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

Stephen (20) from Causewayhead, Stirling, was presented with a high specification cordless drill by Brian Brown FES FM’s Regional Director on Friday 16 January, for winning Modern Apprentice of the Year. Stephen said: “It’s great to win this award. The facilities here at Forth Valley College have been really good and I would definitely recommend the MA Programme here for anyone looking to work in this industry.

“After completing my apprenticeship with FES FM I intend to develop my career with them. They are a great company to work for and I really like the fact that there is a wide variety of sites and you get to use the full range of your skills.”

Frazer Meiklejohn Managing Director of FES FM, said: “We are thrilled that the first batch of Apprentices have successfully graduated and congratulate them all in their achievement, with particular congratulations to our MA of the Year Stephen Lewis.”

“This bespoke Modern Apprenticeship and Partnership with Forth Valley College provides our young recruits the opportunity to develop their skills within an educational environment and gain industry recognised qualifications. FES FM are fully committed to investing in the future of our employees and providing the best possible start to the careers of our apprentices." 

Ian Morrison Forth Valley College’s Head of Construction, said: “Congratulations go to Stephen on winning FES FM MA of the Year and to all those who have completed their first year on the FES FM MA Programme. These talented students are pioneers in this field and we are very proud of what they have achieved so far and hopefully they will continue this good work over the next few years.

“FES FM won 2014 British Institute of Facilities Management award in the Learning and Career Development category last October for their MA programme, our partnership and the state-of-the-art facilities management training centre here at the college’s Alloa Campus. We are delighted to be working with FES FM and we look forward to this relationship continuing and perhaps developing more courses and creating employment opportunities across the Forth Valley area.”

FES FM were presented with their Learning and Career Development 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.

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.

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.