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Manchester Metropolitan University staff are delighted to have been awarded British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Training Centre accreditation for the All Saints Campus. Four members of the Campus Services team, Sarah Marsland, Jillian Feery, Jayne McCreery and Ronnie O’Neill, successfully completed their BICSc assessor training this November. A further four team members are due to complete their training next month before the scheme is rolled out to the 160 strong team of domestic staff across the All Saints Central and South campus.
Head of Campus Services, Chris Crouch, described the achievement as: “a fantastic opportunity for the University’s domestic staff to further their training and gain certification from a recognised industry body. Becoming a training centre is an important progression for the University as we are committed to fostering an environment of ongoing development and promoting excellence in the cleaning services we offer.”
The fully qualified assessors will begin training staff on the first three units of the Cleaning Professional Skills Suite (CPSS) in January. This will give all domestic staff training in chemical competence, safe usage and care of equipment and the safe storage of equipment and materials. Once these three units have been completed, staff will be awarded a BICSc Mandatory Unit Card. Staff will then be able to complete further modules from the skills suite to develop their skill base and specialise in certain areas such as microfibre or hard floors.
Sarah Marsland, Assistant Facilities Manager and Lead Assessor for the BICSc programme at the University, said: “I found the training very informative, interesting and enjoyable. I feel very proud to be part of an enthusiastic team that worked really hard and were supportive of each other. The University can now set and maintain a national standard for the level of skills our Cleaning Staff have”.
There are thirteen buildings on the All Saints Central and South campus, each with individual cleaning equipment and requirements. The advanced training programme will be tailored so that staff gain the right skills to meet the needs of the building environment in which they work. The ability to personalise the training to meet these varying service requirements will ensure that staff are confident in all aspects of their job role.
Following the successful implementation of the scheme at the All Saints South and Central Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University will then extend the programme to the other campuses across the University.
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