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Addenbrooke’s staff receive specialist training


Leading healthcare services provider Medirest has enlisted training specialist Jigsaw Training to deliver apprenticeships to its front line colleagues working in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Jigsaw’s partnership with Medirest, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, will see around 31 Medirest colleagues receive specialist training over a 12 to 18 month period.

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Many skills, one goal


There is an increasing need for the management of estates and facilities to use resource wisely. This has led to a review in many instances of how skills and personnel are used. Many of the jobs of facilities managers can be grouped together and it has led to a change in the way training and re-training is designed when FM managers may now need to manage other disciplines apart from their own specialist areas. The pattern is increasingly for training to equip FMs to be skilled in maintenance, cleaning, security and other duties as one piece of work where appropriate and where it makes sense. There are issues of reducing the more specific, traditional skills and can one person really be skilled enough across all of these areas to ensure a site or multi-sites can function efficiently? James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training discusses the issues.

The facilities management industry is changing. Many companies act as managing agents and sub-contract most activities. Others look to self perform as many of the outsourced tasks as possible and are developing a policy of cross-training and multi-skilling.

It is through this emerging approach that resources can be maximised in terms of responsiveness, flexibility and efficiencies, whilst maintaining effective control across all disciplines.

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Bridging the skills gap with imagination


 UK businesses are facing a long term labour shortage. Current employer data suggests that there will be 13.5 million job vacancies over the next 10 years, with only seven million young people leaving schools and colleges. How do employers fill the gaps and will apprenticeships alone solve the problem? Here James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, examines the issues.

The government’s commitment to apprenticeships has enabled a rapid increase in vocational learning opportunities which will certainly go a long way towards bridging the fast developing skills gap. Apprenticeships are expected to contribute £3.4 billion a year to the economy over the next 10 years and are a key means of creating a skilled and motivated workforce.

Although initially slow to take off, organisations of all sizes now see the benefits that apprentices bring, including increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent workforce in a cost-effective manner. And at a time where UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending, apprenticeships are vitally important.

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