A new training facility for cleaning professionals has been launched in Northampton.
An opening ceremony was staged to unveil the new facility and opening of the new BICSc (British Institute of Cleaning Science) headquarters in Moulton Park.
The site was officially opened by BBS (BICS Business Services) Managing Director, Mike Fletcher FBICSc and National Chairman, Sue Robinson FBICSc conducted the ribbon cutting duties.
In a nod to James Bond an Aston Martin took centre stage at the opening event as the new suite offers training in enhanced cleaning skills including the Institute’s most popular qualification the ‘Licence to Practice’, which, upon completion provides professional cleaners with a three-year licence signifying their understanding of professional standards in cleaning.
Stan Atkins, Chief Executive Officer at BICSc, said: “The popularity of cleaning has never been so high thanks to the rise in ‘cleanfluencers‘ such as Mrs Hinch and Marie Kondo. It’s a trend we are seeing carry over to the professional cleaning sector with job applications more than doubling for cleaning positions in the last year alone.
“Although this is much-needed awareness for the industry, as a knock-on effect, we’re seeing a greater skills shortage in people applying for positions they aren’t adequately qualified for. There’s a lot more to cleaning than many people are aware, for example understanding how different chemicals interact and how to dilute them correctly. Without adequate training in this area cleaning operatives are putting the safety of others and their own lives at risk.
Mike Fletcher added: “A big thank you to all of our sponsors who kindly donated discounted equipment, machinery, chemicals and surfaces, as well as all the BBS and BICSc staff for their tireless work and support in turning our idea into a reality.”
The new BBS Training Suite consists of six dedicated training areas, including three cleaning labs and a floor lab where candidates can complete practical skills training. There are also two classroom areas reserved for Cleanlogic™ Courses and Workshops – enhanced qualifications for current or aspiring cleaning managers and supervisors.
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