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Outstanding achiever receives royal approval

Published 18th August, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Outstanding achiever receives royal approval

Robert Urquhart, a member of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, received a Livery Companies' City & Guilds Award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace recently. The award is given in recognition of 'outstanding achievement' as a City & Guilds of London Institute learner or tutor.

Robert Urquhart has been instrumental in setting up and running the cleaning workshops at HMP Rochester, Kent. He started work there 16 years ago when he was assigned to put together a cleaning qualification for offenders. Since then he has displayed enthusiasm, passion, and drive to do the best he possibly could for his learners and has never been deterred by any setbacks or barriers he has faced.

Urquhart has now developed the course he delivers from the British Institute of Cleaning Science qualification to the City & Guilds NVQ level 2 in cleaning and support services. He has gained his assessors qualification and teaching qualification in both courses.

Urquhart has built a good working partnership with prison staff and heads of departments to ensure learners have access to clean different areas and types of surfaces to meet the course criteria. His work aims to give course participants the best opportunities once they have been released from prison. The variety of cleaning courses on offer at the prison lay the foundations for learners to enter the cleaning industry qualified with sufficient work experience to gain employment. Urquhart is continuing to improve the progress for his learners by working with employers to get them employment opportunities.