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Cleaning and environmental apprenticeships firm receives industry accolade for second year running
Nordic Pioneer, a training company which specialises in workforce development as well as cleaning and environmental apprenticeships, has been presented with the Eric Hill Memorial Award by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for the second year running.
The livery company presents the Eric Hill Memorial Award (in remembrance of its founder), annually, in partnership with the City & Guilds Institute. This is presented to the college or training centre with the greatest number of successful candidates in a cleaning-related qualification.
Nordic Pioneer received the award for delivering the most cleaning and local environmental services apprenticeships across the UK. The company has been involved in training across the UK and Ireland since 2002, when the first UK accredited course in graffiti removal was developed and delivered, primarily to frontline staff employed by local authorities.
Di Shakespeare, managing director of Nordic Pioneer says: "We were honoured to receive the Eric Hill Memorial Award for the second year running. Winning this major industry accolade twice, which is very rarely achieved, once again makes us realise how valued our work is and drives us to continue providing the best possible services within our sector.
"As an organisation, we are passionate about upskilling the industry and giving existing workforces the industry-recognised qualifications that they deserve, to enter into - or progress within - the cleaning, housing and waste management sectors. This award is due to the efforts of our entire team, and I would therefore like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in helping us to achieve it."
In 2008, Nordic Pioneer began to deliver NVQs in Cleaning & Support Services through the Government funded initiative, Train to Gain, and in 2010 embarked on delivering the apprenticeship framework in Cleaning & Support Service Skills. The prize money provided by the Worshipful Company will be used by Nordic Pioneer to support awards for its apprenticeship schemes.
The Worshipful Company supports many education, training and research projects within the cleaning industry as part of its mission to maintain high standards of practice and integrity and represent this modern profession.
Formed in 1972 as the Guild of Cleaners and subsequently known as the Guild of Master Cleaners, the Company was granted full Livery Status in 1986 as the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, the 97th Livery Company of the City of London. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is an Honorary Freeman of the Company.
The Company aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity while promoting and supporting education, training and research projects within the cleaning industry. One fine example of its efforts to raise the industry can be seen in its achievement of a Royal Charter in 2010.
If you would like to find out more, contact the acting Clerk, Michael Bizley at:
29th November 2012