Why an apprenticeship in Cleaning & Support Services?
It will give you a head start in what is a very important role across a host of sectors. From hotels and care homes to offices, homes, employers require the highest standards of hygiene at all times.
Who would it suit?
A career in this sector would suit someone who works well in teams but can also operate largely on their own initiative. The ideal candidate will have an interest in hygiene and have a working knowledge of domestic and other cleaning tasks and products.
What are the job opportunities?
As an apprentice you are likely to start in a junior role. This could be as a trainee domestic cleaning assistant, or in any number of business settings, particularly hospitality and catering, retail and transport. There are excellent opportunities for trained cleaners to progress to supervisory and managerial roles.
What can I earn?
Apprentices in Cleaning and Support Services can expect to earn around £120 per week while training. This rises to between £10,000 and £17,000 once qualified.
What will I learn?
On the Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeship, you will learn all aspects of cleaning, working to high standards and develop a good knowledge of cleaning practices and products, including the use of any specialist chemicals. It will include both routine and deep cleaning, dealing with waste, and handling maintenance and minor repairs.
How long does it take?
Training takes 12-18 months from start to completion.
What’s the training?
Apprenticeship training is structured so that you spend most of your time learning at work and some of your time at a training centre or completing training online.
All the qualifications you gain are recognised by employers and industry professionals.
There are two levels of apprenticeship training for cleaning and support services:
Level 2 Apprenticeship in Cleaning & Support Services
The NVQ element covers the following areas:
- Application of Number – Level 1
- Communication – Level 2
- Building interiors
- On site care of carpets and soft furnishings
- Windows, glass and facade services
- Highways and land
- Passenger transport vehicles
What support will I receive?
- LAC Mentor – The London Apprenticeship Company will appoint you a mentor who will be on hand to support you throughout your apprenticeship.
- Employer Supervisor – Your Employer Supervisor or Manager will address your needs at work and be responsible for making sure your employment is appropriate to your level of skill and training requirements.
- Trainer – Your trainer is responsible for making sure you are keeping up with your assignments, assessing you at work and ensuring the training they deliver meets all the industry requirements.
What happens after completion?
The three most likely progression routes will be:
- Continued employment – If you have done well in your job, your employer may offer you continued employment.
- Secure employment elsewhere – With your qualifications, experience and references in place, you will be in a great position to get a good job.
- Further training – Your apprenticeship can lead to further training such as an Advanced Apprenticeship or even university. (LAC will continue to support you if you choose to do an Advanced Apprenticeship.)