Managing the cleaning of schools and colleges demands the regular balancing budget against outcome - and then determining the most effective solutions for an educational environment.
In most cases, this is an ongoing process that consumes too much time. The college retains Wokingham-based Brayborne Facilities Services to provide its cleaning services.
Brayborne's latest review of its contract showed changes to specifications and cleaning methods enabling a series of new cost efficiencies. It's the second such review undertaken to make efficiencies for the college in the contract term and reflects the close working relationship shared between client and supplier.
"Our ethos is one of partnership which everyone involved has to buy into for it to work,” said Brayborne's dedicated contract manager, Prabath Arandara. “Our first aim was to communicate that to staff. With the contract underway, we made strategic changes to its management and some of its processes. These soon brought about better morale and improved employee retention rates of Brayborne staff as well as heightened cleaning performance across the campus."
Cleaning at Central Bedfordshire College campuses is completed primarily in the early morning by a total of 24 cleaning operatives working 287.50 hours per week. The teams are supported by a supervisor and Probath, who oversee the day to day running of the contract.