Up to 50 cleaning industry employers are to attend a science and skills event in Birmingham where new technology for creating safe environments will be shared.
The event, compered by BBC Midlands Today presenter Michael Collie, will focus on recent scientific innovations in cleaning methods and materials. It will also highlight the business benefits of investing in workforce skills by offering apprenticeships and the opportunity to study for new environmental cleaning qualifications.
Employers will also be offered information and advice about environmental sustainability and the range of business analysis, skills support and funding available.
The climax of the event will be an awards ceremony in which one employer and one employee will receive recognition of their progress before and since completing vocational qualifications.
Samantha Lacey, regional manager for the Midlands at Asset Skills, the cleaning industry’s Sector Skills Council, said: “New technologies mean the cleaning industry is able to offer a higher standard of service than ever before. However, employers’ enthusiasm to embrace the opportunities these advances present must be balanced against responsible attitudes to environmental sustainability.
“The aim of this event is to showcase the many ways we can support employers to invest in new skills and technology and to share some of the existing excellent practice in the sector.”
The event – entitled Creating a Safe and Secure Environment – has been organised in partnership between Asset Skills, the Learning and Skills Council, Business Link and Matthew Boulton College who have together formed the Environmental Excellence Forum to raise industry standards.
It takes place at Matthew Boulton College, Jennens Road, Birmingham on Thursday, April 23, from 11.30am to 4pm. Attendance is free and employers wishing to reserve a place should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 113 1234.