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BCC to Outline Proposals for New Cleaning Sector Apprenticeship

BCC to Outline Proposals for New Cleaning Sector Apprenticeship
26 January 2022 | Updated 28 January 2022
 

Cleaning and hygiene sector employers, training operatives, providers and assessment organisations are being urgently encouraged to have their say on proposals for an industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship. 

There is currently no apprenticeship scheme for the sector which provides the training in the technical skills needed by cleaning and hygiene operatives working outside health care. 

This leaves many cleaning and hygiene sector employers with no suitable option for investing Apprenticeship Levy funds on training staff. 

Consultation on proposals for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship opens on Wednesday 26 January and runs to Friday 18 February. 

Stakeholders should visit https://britishcleaningcouncil.org/cleaning-hygiene-operative-consultation to read the proposal and use the download form to feedback on it, emailing replies to admin@britishcleaningcouncil.org by 5pm on the last day, Friday 18 February.

 

“This is the opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide valuable feedback on the work that has been completed to date for the development of this much needed and anticipated apprenticeship.”

–Lauren Kyle

Head of Cleaning, Sodexo UK & Ireland

 

 

Feedback from Cleaning Sector Needed

 

A group of industry employers and sector experts, including Sodexo, Mitie, Cleanology and ABM, sponsored by the British Cleaning Council (BCC), has developed the first draft of the much-needed training programme and apprenticeship for the sector.

Feedback from the sector is absolutely crucial for informing the proposal, which will be considered by approving body The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) in the next stage of the process. 

Chair of the Trailblazer group, Head of Cleaning at Sodexo UK & Ireland, Lauren Kyle, said: “We are delighted to share that the development for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative is now moving through development after seven months of working with the IfATE. 

“This is the opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide valuable feedback on the work that has been completed to date for the development of this much needed and anticipated apprenticeship.”

 

Removing "Low Skilled Worker" Perceptions

 

BCC Chair Jim Melvin said: “The industry has continuously stated how badly we wished to utilize the Apprenticeship Levy funding and shown overwhelming support for the idea of a training and development programme aligned to, and with an apprenticeship for, the sector. 

“This is a hugely important initiative, so I am overjoyed that we have reached the stage where everyone in the industry can see for themselves what is being proposed. 

“It will, without doubt, assist in the removal of any ‘low skilled’ perceptions that remain or that are levelled at the industry despite the fact that they completely incorrect.

“I cannot encourage all of our collective industry stakeholders strongly enough to please review these published proposals and supply feedback on them to help ensure the best possible Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship is developed. 

“Arguably, this is a prime example of the unified and collective approach that we have been talking about. 

“For clarity, it is now simply within our hands, every last one of us, to ensure that we can use the highly significant amounts of money that currently go to government without industry use in order to develop the skills of our superb teams. Please do not miss the opportunity. “

Picture: a photograph of two people in full PPE cleaning a vertical surface. One is wiping the surface and the other is holding a spray bottle. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 26 January 2022

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