Servest Group has obtained a substantial grant from its training partner, the Sarina Russo Group - a government funded training provider of employment skills - to invest in the skills of its dedicated workforce.
Servest will use the funding to offer the City & Guilds qualification in Practical Cleaning Skills to its cleaning operatives who work on contracts in London. Once completed, Servest aims to secure funding to roll out the training programme nationwide.
The training is based around a 19-hour programme of core practical cleaning skills in different sample environments including hotel bedrooms, bathrooms, IT server rooms, and general office rooms. It will be delivered by a team from Sarina Russo.
The first set of employees to take part in the programme are cleaning operatives working on contracts across London including the Science and Natural History museums, Hilton Park Lane, and all of Servest's public sector contracts. The aim by the summer is to have 150 staff a month complete the programme.
“This is an exciting opportunity to develop our people with a nationally-recognised qualification, which will bring consistency and improved standards across all of our contracts,” said CJ Howden, group HR director at Servest Group. “A happy, well-trained workforce is a productive workforce. Training is proven to increase the wellbeing of employees while reducing absenteeism, mistakes and stress in the workplace, which will benefit our people, our clients and our business.”