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A taster of things to come

11 December 2013

As plans to form a merged industry body get the go ahead, Steven Proudfoot, interim chief executive of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, announces the launch of affordable new training for the cleaning industry

Following the recent vote by the board of Asset Skills in favour of the proposed merger with Cleaning and Support Services Association and the Facilities Management Association, I’m delighted to announce that the merger of our three organisations will now go ahead.


This is part of a vision to create a new and consolidated membership body which educates, represents and supports service providers and service users and which views the end user as an integral part. It means we can finally forge ahead with our plans which form just the start of a vision for the future of representation in the industry and we hope consolidation will not end here. We are happy to talk to more bodies about working with us to create an even stronger future for the cleaning sector.


While we finalise details of how the new body will look, work and benefit members, we are launching a taster of things to come with a new package of training developed specifically with cleaning companies in mind. The beauty of these programmes is in their simplicity and flexibility and the fact the merger is definitely going ahead allows us to offer them at an extremely affordable price. Four in all – they are easy to implement, time-efficient and effective. There are no weekly college classes to attend and assessment is quick and thorough and carried out by professionals with many years’ experience.


The online induction training introduces new cleaners to the basics of the job. After that, there’s training in the ‘top ten cleaning tasks’; then ‘team leading’ and finally, a ‘management diploma’ if your employees could benefit from more knowledge of how to run a business. The programmes can be taken as standalone courses or combined as part of the whole package. They can be carried out in-house on your own premises or at one of our training centres in London or Hertfordshire. If you are interested please contact my colleague Julie Freemantle on Tel: 07787 158 663. 

We look forward to being able to unveil more offers and benefits to the cleaning sector as we continue to form the new body. In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the planning of the merger for their support, hard work and vision. There is still a way to go, but this is a major milestone which is worth celebrating.