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TOMORROW’S CLEANING SEPTEMBER 09
to more than one opportunity? What ever your the fee they have agreed. If you are only Then be sure to add planning and evaluation to
needs, select the route that meets your needs interested in one job with one employer you
your personal inventory.
and those of the employer. might be better off applying yourself.
www.corporateservicesrecrutiment.com
75% of all job seekers turn to employment
Don’t forget you should also join a
firms and they are useful, but remember who
professional group through which to network
pays their bill (typically around £4000 or 25%
such as Worshipful Company of Environmental
of your salary). For this fee, employers expect
Cleaners or the CSSA.
agencies to provide a pre-packaged person for One last point. Evaluate every step of PIMMS.
Business
Are you investing enough in your staff?
Learning at Work explains why
doing is able to provide qualified employees Managing Director, of Learning at Work
investing in your employees can
to carry out the tasks required. This is of explains: “The Government has invested over
particular importance when dealing with any £1bn this year to try to encourage Employers
be a smart business decision.
Public Sector tendering process where to engage with training in key areas, however,
applications question the skills of the companies can still be unaware of the
Staff training and development is often
workforce and how companies meet availability of funds to support staff
adversely affected by a real commercial need to
legislation surrounding Equality of Opportunity development at their own workplace.”
provide services and support to clients. This
and Health and Safety.
situation is particularly relevant to the Cleaning
Learning at Work is a consortium of high
Industry where companies are under strict
Over the past 4 years the Government has quality training providers who link with
contractual obligations to ensure a clean and
endeavoured to reduce the barriers for employers of all sizes to identify training
safe environment within tight budgetary
employers offering nationally accredited
requirements and develop a clear strategy to
constraints. Companies often find it difficult to
training and development to their staff. The two
up-skill key workers whilst sourcing funding
release staff for training and development due to
key barriers were in the main cost and
streams that can offset costs. This strategy can
the expectations of their clients on a day to day
location. Funding initiatives such as Train to
help improve the working efficiency of these
basis. This investment has a short term impact
Gain (www.traintogain.gov.uk) have
employees leading to increased profitability
upon service levels so is very often delayed and
encouraged training to take place within the
and greater success with contract tenders.
in many cases may not even be offered.
workplace whilst being subsidised by grants.
In challenging economic times there is always
Investing in training and development has
Since its launch over 1m people have
a focus on improving profitability and
been shown to have a significant and positive
undergone training with two thirds stating that
efficiency. The Cleaning Industry is notoriously
impact upon the commercial viability of all
training is ‘contributing to improved long-term
competitive with tight financial margins so any
types of business. Research indicates that a
competitiveness’. There is a raft of
support in this area has got to be a good thing.
typical 50-employee company could save as
qualifications available that are relevant to the To contact Jon and discover how Learning at
much as £165,000 every year by filling the Cleaning Sector. These include NVQs in
Work can help your business please email
gaps in its employees’ skills. Recognised, Cleaning, Facilities Management, Team
jon@learning-work.co.uk.
accredited training leads to a more motivated Leading, and Customer Service alongside the
www.learning-work.co.uk
workforce, a reduction in workplace accidents more specific industry awards such as BICS.
and increased access to skilled workers.
Despite the availability of support from a
It is also highly relevant during Contract number of Government agencies it can still
Tendering demonstrating a company’s be problematic for companies to access
willingness to invest in its staff base and in so these opportunities. As Jon Cummins,
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