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New Facilities Management Pathway to Address Skills Shortage

Bond University has responded to the Commonwealth Government’s Action Agenda for the Facilities Management industry by establishing the State’s first undergraduate Facilities Management study pathway.

Through the introduction of its Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development, Bond is delivering on the primary objective of the government’s 2004 Action Agenda; that is, to overcome the skills shortage in the industry by creating clear career paths from school, through to professional practice.

The need to address the shortage of facilities management professionals in Australia is acute, particularly given the industry’s significance to the national economy.

Playing a major role in managing the life cycle of our built environment, the Facilities Management industry employs more than 170,000 people and generates nearly $13 billion of Australia’s gross domestic product.

The demand for qualified professionals means job opportunities are numerous, and salaries are very high.

Through becoming the first tertiary institution in Queensland to offer an undergraduate pathway in this specialised area, Bond University is poised to help school leavers fast-track their career in Facilities Management and capitalise on the current skills shortage.

Students studying the Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development can choose from a number of specialisations, including, from 2009, Event and Facilities Management.

A novel connection is being made at Bond between events and the infrastructure that is required to support them. The new curriculum is a blend of generic business skills and discipline specific content concerning property and real estate. Subjects are pitched at a strategic level and are integrated with allied disciplines such as tourism management and international hotel and resort management.

Delivered over a minimum of 6 semesters (equivalent to two years’ study thanks to Bond’s trimester calendar), the program aims to produce well-rounded, job-ready graduates capable of fulfilling professional events and facilities management roles within property, hotel or tourism industries.

An opportunity for work-integrated learning is provided in the final semester to field test the University’s graduate attributes imbued earlier in the course.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a highly respected international professional body of over 100,000 members, has accredited Bond’s program, enabling graduates to work as a Chartered Facilities Manager in over 50 countries worldwide.

For more information, please phone 1800 074 074 or email [email protected]

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