Launch of new BSc Facilities & Workplace Management
Portobello Institute have been educating facilities managers for the last 15 years across a number of recognised courses. We have now partnered with London Metropolitan University to offer Ireland’s first FM focused degree now launched into the market. Our principal aim is to educate learners, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to reach their full potential at graduate level and to achieve a BSc honours degree.
Ireland’s first honours degree programme specific to FM will begin in September 2019. The programme is designed to equip learners with an FM focused degree and ultimately give them the edge in the sector with a well-rounded and precise qualification along with the potential for a pay increase and opportunity for promotion.
This programme is a game changer for the FM industry and for higher education in Ireland. It helps to solve the issues companies are facing with skills gaps and talent shortages, and it also provides people with a structured pathway into the profession. This course comprehensively covers a number of important areas for a modern Facility Manager with a focus around technology.
This programme is designed to give learners the knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently manage the facilities in their charge. Learners will develop skills such as critically analysing and problem solving which are the foundations for developing strategic decision-making skills.
We recognise the challenges that come with demanding roles in FM so this degree programme has been developed to give professionals the opportunity to obtain an honours degree, designed to fit learning around working life without compromising work-life balance.
We have developed a blended learning approach to ensure that every student can commit to their learning while working which is a mix of distance learning with support workshops.
Year one has a focus on key subjects including business decision making in an FM context and understanding facilities & workplace management.
Year two will shift towards specialist topics to include risk management and people management in an FM context.
Year three delivers Strategy with choices & change management and corporate & social responsibility for Facilities and Workplace Managers.
This programme has been designed to give an opportunity to multiple audiences including those who possibly have strong experience, but perhaps little formal education and also those who hold other degree and trade qualifications, who require an FM specific degree.
To allow for multiple learner types, advanced entry points have also been created to afford those with previous qualifications ensuring recognition of prior learning.