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Scholarship to Support Next Generation of Workplace and Facilities Managers

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The Deborah Rowland Scholarship which has been launched in collaboration with the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) aims to demolish barriers to progress and to foster future leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Rowland, Director of Public Affairs at Sodexo UK and Ireland since 2017, is living with advanced cancer and wants to give capable individuals a ‘head start’. Awardees, whose own circumstances, or those of their employer, make them otherwise unable to fund their professional development, will be seeking to enter the profession, be at the start of their WFM career, or employed in a junior capacity.

By providing this Scholarship I hope to be able to give others the chance to improve their chances and compete at a higher level

IWFM will manage the Scholarship’s process plus joint through the revival of its Charitable Foundation. The Scholarship will be open to receive additional funding through the Foundation, from individuals or organisations with Rowland’s scholarship initiative and to drive social impact. This will enable even more people to have a head start in a WFM career. Details of how to donate will soon be published.

Rowland says: “The FM world has been the most fantastic environment to grow and learn in, I cannot recommend it enough to someone at the beginning of their journey. I have always striven to ensure that this is a profession to be proud of and attractive to future talent.

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“By providing this Scholarship I hope to be able to give others the chance to improve their chances and compete at a higher level – onwards and upwards no matter what their starting point – they just have to demonstrate the desire and passion to achieve their goal.

IWFM CEO, Linda Hausmanis, adds: “Workplace and facilities management is a diverse and dynamic profession where anyone can forge a rich career path, but not everyone has an equal opportunity to get ahead. The Foundation’s important work will ensure that the Scholarship provides maximum value now and in the long-term. I’m proud to work with a trailblazer like Deborah to help the next generation of WFM get in and get on and to support an enduring legacy for a true WFM role model.”

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    FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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