Reposted with permission from ConstructConnect

by PATRICIA WILLIAMS 

With numerous retirements of facility managers on the horizon, the industry is intent on filling the looming talent gap.

“We are not unlike any other profession,” says Geoff Williams, general manager of the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). “We are about to experience, or are already experiencing, a talent gap.”

Globally, IFMA estimates that more than half of today’s practitioners will retire in the next five to 15 years.

“This is a tremendous amount of loss to the knowledge of our industry,” Williams said during a seminar at the recent IIDEXCanada conference in Toronto.

Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world’s largest international association for facility management professionals. It has a presence in 85 countries including Canada.

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