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IWFM launches ‘world first’ degree-level Workplace qualification with first cohort

(IWFM) Sixty learners have enrolled in the newly created Level 6 Diploma in Workplace, officially launching the ground-breaking qualification that could be the first of its kind.

Titled ‘Level 6 Diploma in Workplace Leadership, Insight and Change’, the degree-level qualification supports our aspiration to become a chartered professional body. This latest offering arrived a year to the week since the Institute rebranded from BIFM and resolved to upskill and standardise the profession.

The qualification, which we created, builds on a workplace leadership programme launched last summer. Its development was accelerated after senior representatives of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) attended the three-day event. The resultant insight uncovered a demand for a comprehensive standard of attainment in workplace to support a strategic shift to smarter ways of working. Their people will study for the qualification in three groups, with the first starting last week on Thursday 14 November. The diploma will be delivered through a ‘blended learning’ approach, which combines a timetable of face-to-face workshops with self-study, supported by a series of planned webinars and virtual group-work activities.

‘We believe this Level 6 diploma is the first pure workplace qualification of its kind. It is an invaluable addition to this growing discipline,’ said Linda Hausmanis, IWFM CEO. ‘We are talking to many organisations, both public and private sector, who are seeing the tremendous value of the workplace opportunity but require upskilling to seize it.

'This arrangement has enabled us to develop a qualification that will benefit the whole industry, in line with IWFM’s vision for a distinct profession recognised for its ability to enable people to transform organisations and their performance.’

The diploma is a regulated qualification, in line with our existing suite of professional qualifications, and will be awarded by us. Delivery is under the banner of the Workplace Leadership Programme in a partnership between IWFM Academy and workplace performance and development specialists 3edges.

3edges founder and director Ian Ellison said: ‘This diploma recognises the need for learning and development that reflects the richness and diversity of the workplace discipline. We wanted to help workplace and FM professionals to realise their potential and help their organisations work better. The diploma is the next step in our quest to establish workplace as a valued lever to business performance.'

As a regulated qualification, the diploma is available for delivery by recognised centres if they meet certain criteria.

Any recognised centres, organisations or workplace and facilities management professionals interested in the Level 6 Diploma in Workplace Leadership, Insight and Change can contact for more information.

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