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Building Futures Group announces wide range of initiatives to support UK cleaning industry
The Building Futures Group, the trade association for the UK cleaning industry, has this week announced access to a six-figure budget for its members to develop industry-led training and development opportunities. This is in addition to discounts on its current training offer which has been developed by a range of industry experts for members.
As part of its commitment to raising the profile and standards of the cleaning industry, the organisation is also planning a nationwide campaign to help raise the profile of the wide-ranging careers accessible in the cleaning industry.
The rationale for this announcement is that successful companies know that people are the key to businesses success and good people are a result of quality training and development. The training arm of The Building Futures Group - Asset Skills Training - is building on its track record of supporting the cleaning industry over the past 10 years.
The organisation has delivered impressive benefits for the cleaning industry including:
- Over £5 million for cleaning industry employers through successful delivery of public-funded learning programmes
- 4,000 free level 2 training places
- Over 1,100 free or subsidised apprenticeships for cleaning employers
- Rounds 1 and 2 of the Sector Priority Fund programmes in Wales which have benefited 150 employers and over 500 candidates, many of whom were part of the cleaning industry
- The continued delivery of funded training to employers in the cleaning industry in Northern Ireland.
As an integral part of The Building Futures Group, Asset Skills Training offers discounted courses and training to The Building Futures Group members who benefit from at least 15% or more. Asset Skills Training has a comprehensive programme of training and development for the cleaning industry from induction to diploma courses.
Over the next few months, the organisation will be developing NVQs in cleaning, giving support to companies wishing to provide apprenticeships. It will also be calling industry leaders together for an SME Summit, where they can shape the work of The Building Futures Group in the cleaning sector.
"Since our launch as The Building Futures Group in April, we've been working with our board and industry leaders to ensure that we truly deliver on their needs," says Sarah Bentley, CEO of The Building Futures Group.
"Skills shortages are a serious issue in the industry. As the trade body for the UK cleaning industry, we are best placed to help resolve these shortages.
"For this reason we are putting serious resources into empowering our members at all levels to develop training and development opportunities required to remain competitive. The Building Futures Group's training arm, Asset Skills Training, has many years' experience delivering top quality, industry designed initiatives at a discounted price for our members."
For further information contact Harvey Atkinson, Head of Stakeholder and Partner Relations:
3rd July 2014