The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) annual awards dinner 2013 provided a platform to recognise and reward those that have excelled in training and assessment across a number of sectors within the cleaning industry.
The event itself took place on 26 September 2013 at the Forest of Arden hotel and country club. The day started with a golf tournament, followed by the awards in the evening. BICSc would like to thank the following companies for their sponsorship of the event and their prize donations for the chairman's charity raffle: Bunzl (headline sponsor), LCC, Darwin Clayton, Rubbermaid, BBS, ISSA, Push, Lonsdale, The Marriott Forest of Arden, Bees Nees florists, and Nilfisk.
The chairman's charity raffle and Rubbermaid auction raised an impressive £1500 in total for Breast Cancer Care.
The award winners
- The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Establishment (HMPS): The Institute works with the prison industry to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training delivery in that sector. Winner - HMP Low Moss; Finalist - HMP Durham; Sponsored by BICSc.
- The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Organisation: This award is for training and developments within an accredited training organisation, which is approved to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training courses. Winner - Gateshead Council; Finalist - Turner Facilities Management; Sponsored by Rubbermaid.
- The BICSc Award for Outstanding Student of the Year: The outstanding student of the year award reflects the achievement of an individual and the award of a BICSc qualification. Students are nominated by an employer, training provider or fellow student, with the main focus being on how the student has been able to achieve an award against adversity or has gone the extra mile to complete and receive the qualification within the workplace. Winner - Krystian Witkowski, B.E.L.B. Sponsored by BBS.
- The BICSc Award for the Assessor of the Year: Awards focusing on the delivery of BICSc qualifications have traditionally been focused on the assessment team and organisation. This year BICSc acknowledged the success of an individual assessor who has demonstrated an outstanding level of passion, professionalism and commitment to the striving of excellence for students and themselves. Assessors are nominated by an employer, training provider or student, with the main focus being on how the assessor has demonstrated their ability to achieve excellence. Winner - Colm McGrath, Aramark. Sponsored by Darwin Clayton.
- The Doreen Heyes Award for Accredited Training Provision within the NHS Trust: This award is based upon the provision of accredited BICSc training for those working in healthcare to provide an industry standard qualification. Doreen Heyes was president and chairman of BICSc during 1973/74. Winner - Leicester General Hospital.
- The Arthur Ayres Regional Award: This award is presented to the BICSc region with the largest growth in membership during the year. The British Institute of Cleaning Science consists of nine regions - London and Home Counties, North East, North West, Midlands, Wales, Scotland, South and South West, East Anglia, Northern Ireland. Winner - London and Home Counties Region.
- BICSc International Award for Outstanding Performance in Promotion of the Institute: The award is presented to the individual or organisation that has promoted BICSc training and standards outside the United Kingdom and achieved recognition of this within the cleaning industry on the international stage. Winner - Master Cleaners Training Institute, New Zealand.
- The Sholom Gordon Award: This is the Institute's premier award which is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Institute and the cleaning industry. The award was first presented in 1972 by Sidney Gordon and is a solid silver replica of the Columbus Dixon D1 floor machine. Winner - John Stinton.
- The BICSc Award for Client Commitment to Training: This award is presented to BICSc clients that exhibit high levels of support for their contractors, helping them to achieve excellence in training. Winner - PWC/ISS. Sponsored by ISSA.
- The Eric Hill Medal: Eric Hill was the founder of BICSc. This medal is awarded to an individual for past service to the Institute and is primarily for someone who has made a great contribution to training and education. Winners of the Eric Hill Medal are nominated by the BICSc Council and receive a unique engraved silver medal. Winner - Sue Sharrock.
- The BICSc Golf Day Winners: Best team - LCC Support Services - Mervyn Perry, Jon Horton, Derek Lafbery, Peter Hadfield; Best individual - Shaun Harper; Longest drive - Shaun Harper; Nearest the pin - Kevin Day. Sponsored by LCC.