In December 2021, the International Facility Management Association Foundation (IFMA) and Goodwill of Colorado partnered to receive part of a generous grant from Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR), aimed at creating and expanding clean energy jobs for the Denver area. This grant will help create career pathways for Denver-area residents and provide a platform for individuals to improve environmental quality.
Meet Naviid A., one of the participants in the pre-apprenticeship training!
Tell us a little bit more about yourself Naviid:
I have worked in various places and was able to enhance my management and leadership skills. I have a bachelor’s degree in two specializations (Marketing & Logistics) and I have completed one year of my Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
What made you decide to apply for the Facilities Management program?
My goal is to become Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and Certified Property Manager (CPM) to become a facility manager.
What are you hoping to gain out of participating in the Facilities Management program?
To learn every detail so I can become a facility manager!
Are there any important projects you are currently working on?
Currently, I am working on obtaining a few different certifications such as EPA universal (a universal certification that allows you to service all types of systems), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30 (OSHA 30) to supplement the process of getting a facility manager job.
Can you tell us about what a typical day in your class entails?
Everybody shares their own experience, and we all learn from each other’s individual experiences in different fields and industries.
Tell us how the program is going overall.
We are going through every aspect of facility management in detail. It includes everything from equipment, processes, how to deal with people (employees and customers), leadership and management.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?
As a matter of fact, the whole course and every class is interesting to me. and I am learning every time I attend! But, the most interesting part for me was learning how to calculate Building Maintenance Operations costs, which includes calculating the square footage of the building combined with the wages of employees.
What do you like best about the program so far?
I love the friendly instructors we have that bring a warm atmosphere to the class. I also love the support that we receive if we need help, or how we can continue to move closer to our dreams and goals.
What advice would you give someone who is considering applying for the FM program?
I would recommend whoever is interested in the Facilities Management course to do some research about Facility Management, learn about what the job entails, and figure out if this is what they want to do with their career path.
We appreciate Naviid taking the time out of his busy class schedule to give us some insight into the Facilities Management program!
The Facilities Management program is Goodwill of Colorado’s first partnership into the world of apprenticeships, and the work supported by this program will have significant impact on providing jobs in facility management careers. Forty-five individuals will be accepted into the pre-apprenticeship program, where they will earn credentials towards their facilities management apprenticeship through courses taken. At the end of the pre-apprenticeship program, 15 individuals will be selected to move into the facilities management apprenticeship, where Goodwill will work with each of them to help get them placed into a facilities management position.
Pre-apprenticeship training is provided at Goodwill’s main office located in Denver. At this time, only City and County of Denver residents are eligible, and anyone interested in learning more about the program or applying should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.