Bury St Edmunds company starts search for its future leaders

Future Leaders programme at Servest

Future Leaders programme at Servest

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Facilities management giant Servest of Bury St Edmunds is seeking the next generation of ambitious leaders.

The company, based in Fornham All Saints but which employs 18,000 people over 7,000 UK sites, is looking for the next intake for its Future Leader development programme.

The scheme demonstrates our commitment to attracting the best people into facilities management.

Rob Legge, group chief executive

Last year, Servest received 160 applications for the 10 spots available.

That number is expected to soar for the March 2016 intake after Servest’s initiative secured accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Leadership hopefuls have until the end of November to apply for the two-year programme.

Rob Legge, group chief executive, said: “The scheme demonstrates our commitment both to attracting the best people into facilities management and also developing our own talented team members to ensure a leadership pipeline.”

Successful applicants will spend the first nine months in Servest’s headquarters in Bury St Edmunds working through key support functions such as HR, sales, payroll, marketing and finance.

They will then spend time in each of Servest’s main operational divisions including building services, catering, security and cleaning.

During the process the participants will be paid a salary of £20,000 in the first year, rising to £22,000 in the second. Upon completion they will achieve an ILM certification (Level 3 in Facilities Management).

Chanel Kirwan, a first-year Future Leader, said: “The programme offers a great opportunity to experience every aspect of the business and to learn where in the company your strengths lie.”

A spokeswoman said; “Initially applicants will be asked what they think makes them an ideal candidate for the Future Leader programme, and which they are encouraged to answer in a creative manner.”

If they are successful at this stage this is followed by a telephone interview and then an assessment day. For more details visit www.servest.com