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Training & Education


New career paths for cleaning managers


Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for facilities management and cleaning, believes that career pathways supported by vocational qualifications will play a key role in developing the cleaning managers of the future. Karen Waterlow, Specialist Adviser for FM and cleaning at Asset Skills, explains why.


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Asset Skills has a remit to work closely with employers and professional bodies in the cleaning industry on skills issues. Two recurring themes have emerged since this work began: first, the need to create career pathways; second, the need to promote a more positive image of the cleaning industry.


Attracting good quality people to the industry and highlighting the excellent routes into management that exist are now key priorities. A number of employers have highlighted a shortage of good quality managers progressing through the sector, particularly those entering first line and team leading roles. Once the right people are in place, it is important that they are able to develop the specific technical skills and knowledge that the industry needs.


Qualifications at all levels Career pathways provide progression routes which show how to develop a career from junior rank into senior positions. A number of those who enter


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the cleaning industry do not want to progress into supervisory roles, but for those that do, demonstrating a career pathway with associated skills development is essential.


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