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NHTV Seminar

During the summer, Incentive FM was invited by the NHTV University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands to deliver a presentation on Facilities Management to a group of first year students during their annual four day field trip to London.

The NHTV University are one of very few universities that specialise in the International Real Estate & Facility Management course, which is a four year syllabus that involves students undertaking two, six month work placed internships, whilst learning about FM and Real Estate Management.

Incentive FM were approached following the successful placement an intern in early 2013, Pleun van Deurssen, who is now subsequently working with the company full time as an Assistant Project Manager.

As a Graduate of the course, Pleun was requested to assist in the running of the seminar, as well as assist with the presentation.

The seminar commenced at 09:30 on the 31st October at the Cass Business School in the City of London. Over 135 students attended the presentations, of which there were three:

• Jonathan Kidd, Sodexo, FM Outsourcing and Contracting Models
• Bernard Crouch, BIFM, The role of BIFM and FM Globally
• Jamie Wright & Pleun van Deurssen, Incentive FM, The Wide World of FM & Our Personal Experiences

Pleun Van Deurssen & Jamie WrightIncentive FM was on third after the coffee break. Jamie and Pleun’s approach was to keep it lively, as Pleun knew from her own experiences; the students would be feeling a little weary following “an exhausting week with many company visits, tours and getting introduced to the London-night-life!”

Presenting after the coffee break challenged them further, therefore, in order to regain their interest, they started the presentation with the game ‘Heads or Tails’ focussing around true or false questions on subjects covered within FM. Unfortunately no winner was picked and Jamie and Pleun had to share the champagne themselves after the seminar!

Pleun started the presentation with her own experiences in her career as a student, studying facility management with a minor in change management and now at Incentive FM.

Jamie then followed by talking of his experiences and his transition from single service delivery to multi service FM, giving the students a bit more information on facilities management and the options open to them in this vast industry after graduation.
The feedback from the students about the Incentive FM presentation was very positive as it was interesting, insightful and, most importantly, relevant to them.

All at Incentive FM wish the University and the students all the best for the next four years and, who knows, maybe one of the students presented to may find themselves in 44 Loman Street one day!