Cleaning and environmental services

Cleaning and environmental services

“Cleaning and maintaining environments, and controlling pests”

There’s more to cleaning and environmental health than most people realise—cleaning staff can sometimes work at crime and accident scenes, or for the NHS, ensuring cleanliness of hospital wards, waiting rooms and offices. They might even take charge of a large-scale clean-up, such as on a festival site. Local environmental services, meanwhile, maintain settings such as parks, cemeteries and crematoria, public rights of way, countryside recreation sites, and open spaces around homes and buildings. Pest control regulates or manages a species that can be perceived to be detrimental to a person’s health, the environment or the economy. You’ll learn a range of techniques and skills including health and safety, working effectively with customers and others, and communication skills. The advanced apprenticeship in cleaning supervision offers progression.

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but relevant experience is likely to be advantageous

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels at grades A to E

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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