• International Workplace
  • 17 April 2014

BIFM Awards 2014 - is your organisation a leader in learning and career development?

The BIFM 2014 Awards Ceremony may not take place until 13 October, but the hard work is already underway to ensure the event is a huge success, and we are calling on you to help us achieve this goal.

Entries for the BIFM Awards are open, and as a partner of the BIFM, we are inviting you to submit your entry to the Learning & Career Development category before the closing date, Friday 9 May, which is getting ever closer now!

This Award recognises FM organisations or internal FM teams who can provide demonstrable commitment to improving the knowledge and skills of their people within the FM profession.

Workplace Law’s Managing Director, David Sharp, is the Lead Judge for the prestigious award this year, and offered the following advice for those who are considering entering:

“We are looking for a winner who shows a real long-term commitment to learning that goes well beyond the bare minimum to contribute to people’s personal development as much as it does to the bottom line.

“They need to be able to support and evidence the thinking behind their programme, and demonstrate a tangible link between the financial investment and their subsequent success.”

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your skillset, then don’t delay it any longer – submit your entry today!

Below is further information for you when considering if this is the right category for you:

Submitting your entry

Entrants must demonstrate their overall commitment to the learning and career development of individuals or teams.

The following are examples of what the judges would consider worthy in terms of excellence for this Award:

  • Commitment to FM qualifications (including apprenticeships).
  • Innovative and appropriate use of a range of learning and development tools.
  • A commitment to a culture of learning.
  • Demonstrable link between business outcomes and investment in learning.

Judging criteria

The following must be demonstrated in the submission:

1. Long-term organisational strategic commitment to a culture of learning and development, both inside and potentially outside of the workplace.
2. How the learning and career development strategy reflects and reinforces the approach within the broader HRM strategy.
3. A structured and well-designed programme with clearly communicated development pathways to support career development.
4. The reasons behind the choice of programme elements, e.g. why the use of training, coaching or mentoring was considered appropriate, or why innovative learning solutions were employed.
5. Proven measures of success in terms of contribution to the organisation’s overall goals and objectives. Measures could include staff engagement, staff attraction and retention, customer satisfaction, organisational growth, industry recognition, and financial return on investment.
6. Positive feedback and testimonials from key stakeholders.
7. Demonstration of the effective use of external sources (where appropriate) to assist with the programme.
8. Details of the personal achievements of individuals in terms of promotion and attained qualifications.

How to enter

To enter for this award, you simply have to complete the online entry registration form, which can be found here. Please remember though, you only have until Friday 9 May to submit your entry.

If you are currently having doubts as to whether you should take the plunge and go for it, last year’s winners, Mitie’s client services business, explain how worthwhile the experience was for them.

David Howorth, Managing Director, Mitie’s client services business, said:

“Being recognised with the BIFM Learning & Career Development award in 2013 was a huge achievement for Mitie’s client services business. The comprehensive entry process highlighted many areas of expertise that are often overlooked, so it was a fantastic accolade for our learning and development team to be benchmarked against the best in the industry, and win!
“The award commended our exceptional internal training offering, which we also offer as a consultancy service to other organisations. Since then, we’ve seen a marked increase in interest from companies wanting us to work with their leadership and front line teams in developing their own organisational culture. The end result has been both motivational, and a great boost for our business!”

If you would prefer to discuss your entry in confidence, please feel free to contact David Sharp on +44(0)7787 523138.