BCC Announces Approval Of The Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship

Friday 8th September 2023

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On the 31st August, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) revealed that proposals for an Apprenticeship Standard for the cleaning and hygiene industry had been approved by The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

As the first successful attempt by the industry to win approval for an Apprenticeship, it means employers that pay into the Apprenticeship Levy can finally fund staff to complete training for a Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship.

This decision will be highly beneficial for the industry, such as making learning more accessible, accelerating the professional development of staff, and helping with recruitment.

BCC Chairman Delia Canning said:

“The Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship will be a major and valuable contribution to the future success of the cleaning and hygiene sector…

Providing uniform, industry-wide qualifications will help win wider recognition for the vital, skilled work that the sector’s personnel do with pride and professionalism.

With such an important role in keeping the public healthy, safe, and well, particularly during the turbulence caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and with the risk of another such pandemic in the future, it is vital that this training programme is put in place…

It is long past time that our industry, as one of the biggest in the UK, had an Apprenticeship Standard for cleaning and hygiene staff.”

The Co-Founder and CEO of ICE Cleaning, Zac Hemming, later commented on the news:

“This is a big move in the right direction for the industry, especially considering the recruitment challenges so many companies in it are facing. We are always looking for new technicians to join the team and to train up our existing employees, and I’m sure this Apprenticeship will make a huge difference.”

To find out more about ICE Cleaning’s current vacancies, click here.

You can learn more about the Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship on the BCC’s website.


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