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IFMA’S Essentials of Facilty Management (FM) Workshop

Hosted at The International School of Port of Spain (ISPS)Facility Management Training at ISPS

Written by:  Aykean Matthews MBA, CFM, FMP – Facilities Director ISPS & CO-Instructor

The International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) was pleased to host an AASSA Regional Institute which focused on a critical aspect of school operations – facility management. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) defines facility management as” a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.” As Facility Management practitioners we are charged with the responsibility of supporting the delivery of our school’s mission and vision, which includes creating a safe and healthy environment for our educators and learners. IFMA’s Essentials of FM Workshop helped participants from schools located in Brasil and Panama become more equipped with best practices in the field, during this 3-day Workshop which focused on:

  1. Introduction to Facility Management

  2. Operations & Maintenance

  3. Work Management in Facilities

Participants also toured the International School of Port of Spain and the island’s famous Angostura Limited manufacturing facility where they got a glimpse into the history, operations and manufacturing process of their brands. My fellow Co – instructors Giselle Holder – Director of Acuitas Caribbean Ltd and Edward Kacal – CEO of Servus Ltd, along with the participants shared there challenges and experiences as we all seek to continuously improve our operations.

“Thank you so much, everybody, for all your support and for the huge amount of amazing experience shared during the FM workshop! I really enjoyed everything a lot and, for sure, I’ll recommend it to my fellows of FM in Brazil!!” Leonardo Lima – Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro

Interested in hosting the Facility Management workshop in 2020? Please contact Dereck Rhoads, ASSA Executive Director at or Aykean Matthews at .


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