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New BCC secretariat

Published 2nd May, 2009 by Neil Nixon

New BCC secretariat

By Steve Wright, chairman, British Cleaning Council.

The decision has been made by Council to outsource the secretariat services for the British Cleaning Council Limited when current secretary John Stinton retires at the end of June. The provider selected to take over the role is the secretariat of the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA).

I would like to take this opportunity to officially thank John Stinton for his 16 year commitment as BCC’s secretary and wish him all the best in his retirement. Those of you who know John I’m sure would agree that a more knowledgeable, efficient and genuine individual would be hard to find. John has achieved a great deal for the BCC over the years and I’m sure he will be greatly missed. I also extend my best wishes to Andrew Large’s team at the CSSA and look forward to working with them moving forward.

So what does this mean for BCC? The British Cleaning Council will continue to be the voice of the cleaning industry and all business will be controlled by the Council and its chairman. Similarly all finances will continue to be handled by the BCC’s chairman with the secretariat. In real terms it will in fact be no different to the current arrangement as John Stinton is also a contractor.
The new resource will, however, bring with it new benefits for BCC and its members. Firstly a dedicated operator will be available 5 days a week to answer all telephone enquiries. Secondly, due to the CSSA’s European network of contacts, BCC will have access to wider input from the European cleaning industry and opportunities for cross intelligence and information are expected to be considerable. In the current climate where importing has become more attractive for our European counterparts, this contact could be of benefit to members and our industry in general. I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in BCC’s history.

The following is a sample of BCC member news received recently. It is likely that many of you saw the recent episode of TV programme ‘The Apprentice’ which challenged young entrepreneurs to run a cleaning business. The difficulty encountered by the contestants proved just how tough it is to run a successful cleaning business. “The television programme sends a clear message to anyone who thinks of cleaning as low skilled,” said Richard Beamish, chief executive of Asset Skills. “Running a cleaning firm requires talent and know-how. It’s much more difficult than people think and well trained, highly skilled cleaners are essential.”
The programme was aired as a brand new apprenticeship for cleaning was launched by Asset Skills.

The new apprenticeship in cleaning and support services offers an NVQ Level 2 qualification, a technical certificate and training in key skills such as maths and English. Amongst other subjects the training includes Health and Safety, waste management, deep cleaning, cleaning high risk areas, internal cleaning of passenger transport, communicating effectively with customers, and working as a team. The training costs of an apprentice aged 16 to 19 years old will be met by the government. For apprentices aged over 19 the employer will be expected to pay a percentage towards the costs but in some cases funding for the entire programme will be met. For more information please visit www. or or call the National Apprenticeship Service helpline for employers on 08000 150 600 or for learners on 08000 567 160.

Asset Skills has also informed us that it is now looking for the next squad of young cleaners to represent the UK in two major skills competitions - Euroskills Lisbon 2010 and Worldskills 2011. To be eligible for Euroskills applicants must be aged 25 or under in September 2010 while applicants must be 23 or under in September 2011 for Worldskills. Selection events will be held nationally and regionally. If interested call 01604 233 336 for further details.

Meanwhile, this quarter the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health will launch its new Level 2 Award for Cleaning in Food Premises. The Award is aimed at cleaning operatives working in food manufacturing, catering and retailing and supports a range of CIEH and Ofqual accredited food safety qualifications. Successful completion of the programme will enable learners to understand the importance of subjects such as the importance of cleaning in food premises, preparation for cleaning in food premises, cleaning methods & materials, and measuring the impact of the cleaning undertaken.
Finally there is still just time to buy a ticket for the UKHA’s National Summer Ball which is open to other BCC members.

The event will take place on the evening of 30 May at Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh.

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