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Cleaning industry focus. More than 21,000 jobs up for grabs
More than 21,000 cleaning jobs are up for grabs as the industry continues to buck the trends of cutbacks and tough times.
And if you think these jobs are dull or dead end, you may be surprised. The variety of roles and opportunities is endless and they can easily fit round the rest of your life.
"Every type of business needs a cleaner, so you could be working in a small shop, a big hospital or even a grand palace," says Darra Singh, of Jobcentre Plus.
Unemployed people enrolled as cleaning apprentices
A new programme has been launched to give unemployed people the chance to become cleaning apprentices.
Up to 40 places are becoming available on the new Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeship for railway cleaning staff at Transport for London.
The apprenticeship was developed by Asset Skills in partnership with employers to improve skills levels among cleaners and raise awareness of the essential work they do.
Apprenticeship in Cleaning and Support Services
A number of cleaners from support services firm Interserve have completed the new cleaning apprenticeship. The company held awards to recognise the achievements of their staff, who were aged between 21 and 60.
A total of 16 people working as cleaning operatives, shift supervisors, shift managers and operations managers took the Apprenticeship in Cleaning and Support Services.
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