and create meaningful careers.


THE 5% CLUB Artic Building Services, a specialist in hard FM, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry- led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn Group, CEO of Balfour Beatty, is a movement of more than 500 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable


SPACE LAUNCH Principle Cleaning Services has launched Safe Space, a new approach utilising science and technology to ensure workplaces are clean and protected.

Developed in conjunction with Hygiena and Gem Scientific, manufacturers of specialist microbial testing systems, Safe Space was created to provide organisations with new methodology for cleaning and hygiene using scientific verification, service enhancement and smart resourcing, and data monitoring, to mitigate risk and give reassurance to staff and visitors.

Safe Space uses ATP1 swab testing to provide occupiers with an analysis of current processes and scientific proof

Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes

to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

Artic joined the 5% club to further enhance its following and ‘grow its own’ policy in promoting apprenticeships within the facilities management sector. The company has a director-led strategy focusing on building the next generation of engineers within Artic and the wider FM industry.

Colin Trowell, Managing Director said: “Training the staff of the future

of surface cleaning standards. It also includes the option to have Zoono applied as a protective coating against pathogens - independent laboratory tests have proven that superior results are consistently achieved by combining robust cleaning processes with the application of Zoono.

Peter Smith, Principle Cleaning Services’ CEO, said: “The cleaning industry is changing due to COVID-19, which has highlighted a need for more rigorous, scientific and evidence-based methods. We see Safe Space as the future - providing flexibility around usage and density whilst embracing science and

is vital, so that we ensure our onsite teams have apprentices to gain experience in live environments and also with our mobile engineers out on the road. Whether they are developing engineering skills or administrative competencies we believe in growing our own team from the ground up. We aim to improve skills and support our team with the direction of their career.”

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said: “We’re delighted to welcome Artic into membership. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

Artic currently has three employees studying full time apprenticeships within the business and two sponsored students currently studying NVQ Level 6 in Occupational Health & Safety, all fully funded by Artic. Artic aims to have eight employees within apprenticeships or graduate schemes over the next five years.

technology to demonstrate proof of clean environments and instil confidence in the workplace.”

Principle’s award-winning PCS Connect system is also part of the solution, ensuring that designated zones can be cleaned at predetermined frequencies by autonomously scheduling workflow for housekeeping teams throughout the day. TOMORROW’S FM | 09

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