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Bitesize learning with the WoolSafe Academy
Since its launch in October 2012, the WoolSafe Academy has welcomed numerous flooring and cleaning professionals through its virtual doors. Specialising in providing online training courses that are handily divided into bite-size modules, the Academy's flexible nature means that it is fast becoming a leading platform for online training globally.
The WoolSafe Academy offers a range of specialist courses designed for both cleaning industry professionals and flooring retailers; amongst them the Fibre Care Specialist course, which is specifically suitable for carpet and rug cleaners that want to extend their knowledge.
It is also the course that must be completed and passed with flying colours if a cleaner wants to be eligible to become a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider; which can open up exciting new business opportunities.
Consisting of 10 modules that span a range of topics, including both man-made and natural carpet fibres, colouration and wool cleaning science, the course is truly comprehensive. Each module is followed by a self-evaluation in the form of a questionnaire, with both multiple choice and written answers required.
Roger Garrett, of Roger Garrett Professional Carpet & Upholstery Care, is one of the first professional cleaners who have completed the Fibre Care Specialist online course. He explains why the WoolSafe Academy suited his needs:
"I have been involved in the carpet & upholstery cleaning business for over 25 years, and many of my clients are in the high-end, luxury sector. Many of their rugs and carpets are handmade, and I chose to enroll with WoolSafe as the organisation is considered the pinnacle of training within the cleaning industry.
"I am extremely busy and work a six-day week, so it was not possible for me to attend the equivalent classroom-based courses. Instead, I completed a module a day, after work, and was able to finish the course in just under two weeks. I found it really convenient to be able to use my laptop, as it meant that I could log in and continue where I had left off the day before with complete ease, and from the comfort of my own home.
"This course has definitely been worthwhile. In fact, I received an enquiry within two weeks of having my business added to the WoolSafe register, from a potential major client who was only prepared to use a WoolSafe approved company, so I would definitely urge others to enroll on the course and see what fortune it could bring."
Steve Bakker, marketing manager, the WoolSafe Organisation, explains the thinking behind the course: "The Fibre Care Specialist online course has been specifically created for professional carpet cleaners who do not have the time to attend our classroom-based courses. We recognise that it is difficult for cleaners - especially those that run their own businesses, to take time off, which is why we designed our module-based courses so they can be completed on a section-by-section basis. Be it on the move, on the sofa or behind the desk, trainees can log on and complete as much, or as little, of the course as time allows."
The flexibility of module-based and remote training allows cleaners to undertake WoolSafe courses as and when it fits around their schedules. For ultimate ease, the training programmes are compatible with desktop, tablet or laptop computers, so trainees can complete the courses depending on the facilities they have available to them.
21st February 2013