Young people get a taste for careers in facilities management at Strathclyde

An aerial view of the Learning & teaching and Graham Hills campus buildings

The University of Strathclyde welcomed pupils from three North Lanarkshire schools to take part in a facilities management careers taster session.

The young people had the chance to learn about career options within University facilities management soft services, including cleaning, grounds maintenance, and security.

The morning consisted of presentations from Jim Moffat, Grounds and Gardens Supervisor, Gordon Christie, Acting Security Supervisor, and Andrew Baillie, Cleaning Services Manager.

The speakers shared how they have built their careers at Strathclyde and the fundamental role their teams play in the smooth running of the University and the achievement of its strategic goals.

Pupils also had the opportunity to take part in a tour around the state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport centre and learn about and test some of the equipment that grounds and gardens and cleaning teams at Strathclyde use in their everyday work.

Vital role

Robert Kilpatrick, Assistant Director (Estates Development & Operations) at Estates Services, said: “These teams play a vital role in delivering a first-class student experience and providing a safe, pleasant environment for students, staff, and visitors. These roles allow the University to function successfully from day to day.”

This was the first time that the University has hosted a soft services-focused careers taster session for young people.

Andrew Baillie said: “We were delighted to welcome these pupils on campus.

“Following the successful pilot session, we look forward to working with partners to invite more young people to visit our campus in the future to learn about the varied career options available in facilities management and soft services at Strathclyde.

“We are actively involved in collaborating and sharing ideas and experiences with estates and facilities professionals working across the UK Higher Education sector, and look forward to sharing the learnings with our peers.”