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Prochem training stays on-screen

The UK’s largest commercial provider of training for professional cleaners, Prochem Europe, is to continue providing an online alternative to its classroom-based One- day Carpet and One-day Upholstery training courses when lockdown comes to an end.

Phil Jones, Sales and Training Manager, said: “With many people starting up new cleaning businesses, demand for training is at a high, but due to the lockdown it has been hard to get to a classroom to learn.”

With social distancing preventing conventional training, the company had converted its course materials shared with delegates at its Training Academy into a multimedia package including new videos showing stain removal techniques, pre- cleaning tests and providing related product information.

Students gain the same high level of technical knowledge that they would if attending a face-to-face course and, with it being live streamed, courses enable student interaction with other attendees as well as instructors by asking questions and enhancing overall the learning experience.

Transformed into an online ‘classroom’ via the Zoom platform, the One-day Carpet and Upholstery training

courses have proven popular with professional cleaners, especially those unable to get to Chessington due to the travel distance involved.

Phil continued: “Online training has been such a success we’re planning to continue to offer the Zoom option to students, even now that training has recommenced in the classroom, at least once or twice a month.”

Further dates have just been added to Prochem’s 2021 training schedule, taking in courses on carpet, hard floor and upholstery cleaning and maintenance, as well as stain removal. For more information, email training@prochem. or follow Prochem on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new dates for courses.

Spanish partnership for SoftBank Robotics

Softbank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with Spain’s leading cleaning product provider, Jusmer, who will now offer the Whiz industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper to its FM and cleaning contractor clients.

Jusmer sees huge potential for Whiz to make a real difference to its clients, increasing cleaning performance and helping to meet heightened client expectations around hygiene as a result of COVID-19. Whiz will enable their customers to meet and exceed service level agreements, through greater levels of consistency and improvements in operational efficiency and agility. FM and cleaning contractors are urgently looking for innovative solutions in what is an extremely challenging market, and Jusmer can now bring them Whiz.

This is the latest in a series of new partnerships that Softbank Robotics EMEA has signed this month, across Europe, as demand for Whiz continues to grow. Already, Whiz is the world’s number one professional autonomous cleaning robot, based on sales, with more than 16,000 units now in operation globally.

Jesper Christensen, VP Product & Sales at SoftBank Robotics EMEA, said: “We always look to work with forward- thinking companies which are committed to delivering innovation and adding business value to their clients. Jusmer does exactly that and we’re excited to be working with their talented and experienced team.

“We’re continuing to see high demand for Whiz amongst 20 | WHAT’S NEW?

FM providers and cleaning contractors across the whole region as the pandemic continues to disrupt economies and businesses. Contractors are facing huge pressure to deliver improved cleaning performance and consistency, to ensure buildings are safe and hygienic, and to encourage people back to work, as and when lockdown restrictions are eased.

"Whiz has a big part to play in this, freeing up cleaning staff to focus on high-traffic, high-touch areas, and picking up the slack when team members are absent.”

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