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Funding for cleaning qualifications

09 October 2014

Over the last few years there has been a steady decline in the availability of funding for workplace skills, so it is with great pleasure that WAMITAB can announce that we have secured funding through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) for a suite of hands-on qualifications for those already working or preparing to work in the cleaning industry.

The WAMITAB suite of Practical Cleaning Qualifications for Cleaning Operatives is now listed in the SFA August funding catalogue. 

There are 14 separate two-unit awards that are specifically designed to deliver the everyday skills of cleaners at work. The general unit, "Prepare for work in the cleaning industry" is common across all the awards, and is combined with other specialist units that focus on a variety of cleaning tasks:   

  • Food areas and appliances
  • Refuse chute
  • Buff floor surfaces
  • Furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • Hard floor surfaces
  • Bodily fluids, spillages and hazardous items
  • Bathrooms
  • Interior walls and windows
  • Stairs and landings
  • Suction clean floor surfaces
  • Dry sweep and damp mop floors
  • Guest rooms and public areas
  • Emulsion floor polish
  • Washrooms

Where candidates have already achieved the "Prepare for work in the cleaning industry", it cannot then be funded again as part of further cleaning awards. However, since each award is separately specified, candidates can be funded for units covering additional skill areas.


Effectively, this means that candidates can be funded to achieve all of the cleaning skills they need for their job function. This is great news for the industry where managing costs and proficient service delivery is a very tight balance. For further information about the suite of qualifications follow this link.


We urge you to make use of the funding as it has been hard won, and we want to make sure that the maximum benefit is made by the industry of its availability.


Written by Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB