Your industry news - first Number 1 for Recruitment
We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
WCEC gains Privy Council approval to grant Chartered Practitioner status
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has received a grant of Royal Approval allowing it to confer the award of 'Chartered Practitioner in Environmental Cleaning', to members and establish a register thereof.
The WCEC Education committee has worked tirelessly for a prolonged period, to achieve this new Chartered status. Now there is a new route for members of the cleaning industry to gain a professional credential recognising their skills or expertise. Along with the apprenticeship scheme under development, it provides a clear career path and continuous professional acknowledgement.
"Our sector's invaluable contribution during the pandemic is widely recognised, and it is so richly deserved,” says John Shonfeld, Master of the WCEC. “We, therefore, continue to build upon our recognition for the specific benefit of individuals who make up the whole.
“It's up to all of us to keep our industry standards high and that means formally acknowledging the professionals who contribute throughout our broad sector."
The WCEC is one of 110 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies which started in the 12th Century. 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 Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was 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. Examples of its efforts to raise the industry can be seen in its achievement of a Royal Charter in 2010, and its Charter of Registered Practitioners, in 2021.
Find out more about the WCEC, or any of its initiatives or events, via:
5th August 2021