Sign up for APPG Webinar week

Paul Thrupp, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), lets us know about an important week for cleaning and hygiene.

This June, we’re taking part in a week-long series of free webinars that will explore the work of the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry, and discussing some of the biggest issues that are facing our sector.

The APPG Webinar Week will run from Monday 7 June to

Friday 11 June and comprise four different discussions, all looking at different aspects of the APPG's work. The final panel session will answer your questions. I urge readers to sign up for the free webinars and please submit any questions you have.

Just to fill in the background: the APPG was inaugurated in February and has the support of a sizeable number of MPs from all the major political parties and members of The House of Lords. The group exists to promote the critical importance of the cleaning and hygiene industry to the public.

The establishment of the APPG for our sector is a huge achievement that promises to help ensure the cleaning and hygiene industry’s voice is heard at the highest levels. The BCC acts in the role of secretariat and is organising a significant number of steering groups in seeking to carry out the industry’s clear, focused and much-needed strategic aims.

There is a huge amount of work going on around the key priorities, which include earning key worker recognition for all cleaning and hygiene operatives, creating an industrywide accredited training and apprenticeship scheme and raising our concerns over the impact of tighter immigration rules on the industry.

These webinars will a provide a chance to really discuss, explore and explain these key issues in-depth. They will be of interest to anyone working in the cleaning and hygiene industry.

26 | REGULAR The programme is as follows:

• Monday 7 June, 2PM: ‘What is the APPG for the UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry?’ with Stephen Kerr. This session will give a general introduction to the APPG, how it works and the process for achieving reform.

• Tuesday 8 June, 2PM: ‘The challenge of establishing key worker status for cleaning operatives’ with myself, Paul Thrupp. I’ll be discussing the BCC’s long running campaign for all frontline cleaning and hygiene industry staff to be recognised as key and/or essential workers. The APPG has agreed to prioritise recognition for a ‘significant number’ of staff, which is a major step forward and will help raise awareness of the essential roles our personnel play.

• Wednesday 9 June, 2PM: ‘Apprenticeships and training’ with Delia Cannings, BCC Director and National Lead for Education & Training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp). Delia will discuss the BCC’s aim of bringing forward a proposal for a Cleaning and Hygiene Operative apprenticeship for the cleaning industry. A recognised apprenticeship and training accreditation for the industry will help us demonstrate what we in the sector already know: that cleaning and hygiene is an occupation which requires knowledge, skill and training.

• Thursday 10 June, 2PM: ‘Brexit, immigration and employment’ with Jim Melvin, Deputy Chairman of the BCC and Director, the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA). Jim will discuss how the APPG intends to review where immigration rule changes may impact the cleaning and hygiene industry. The BCC believes recent rule changes have made recruitment of staff from overseas much harder, and we don't think the industry will be able to make up the shortfall from UK residents long-term.

• Friday 11 June: Questions from the audience to the panel on these four issues.

Find our more and register here.


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