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Training & Development
BACHE Regional meeting 7th November 2007
hosted by Birmingham City University in partnership with the University of Birmingham
Thirty-two delegates attended the BACHE Regional meeting  in Edgbaston. The day started with an informative presentation on preparing a winning award bid by Frances Warriner, the Cleaning Operations Manager from the University of Birmingham. A second presentation on the thorny subject of outsourcing a cleaning contract and University‚Äôs experiences to date managing a large cleaning contract from the client perspective was presented by Stephen Clark Assistant Director of Campus Services at Birmingham City University. This presentation certainly provoked lots of questions regarding the in-house versus outsourcing debate. A further briefing was also given on the Islamic threat and its relevance to the wider University community.
A twenty minutes sales presentation was given by Matthew Anderson from Green Planet Solutions Ltd, on the environmental benefits of their new handryer and various other environmentally safe products.
The day was rounded of by an excellent visit to The University of Birmingham Cleaning Academy, where delegates where able to see at first hand, the facility and how the cleaning team at Birmingham are trained.

BACHE Members & COPC Training

The University of Southampton initially funded through HEFCE embarked on a training program for all the cleaning staff.  Three of the management team underwent training to become Trainers/ Assessors for the British Institute of Cleaning Sciences (BICSc) Cleaning Operatives Proficiency Certificates(COPC).
The University applied for and succeeded in becoming a Training Centre for the scheme.
All of the cleaning staff have been trained in ten tasks and have attained the COPC Certificates.  They are currently working towards the next ten tasks. The cleaning staff are proud of their achievements and the University has gained highly trained cleaning operatives.  The aim is for cleaning staff to feel valued, reduce accidents and retain qualified cleaning personnel.

Setting up of a BICSc Assessment Centre
The British Institute of Cleaning Science Cleaning Operators Proficiency Certificate (COPC) is specifically designed to be an 'on the job', practical assessment programme delivered by your own qualified staff in the workplace.
If cleaning is what you do, meeting the requirements for setting up an Assessment Centre should not be difficult.  You'll probably have the equipment and conditions in place already.  By setting up your own centre, you can get all of your staff trained and assessed in your own premises and during the working hours you've arranged. 
To start off, you will need to get at least 2 staff brought up to Assessor level, and this should take about 5 days of training to achieve.  You then complete the necessary forms and ask BICSc to send in a Moderator to check that your centre is fit for purpose.
Want to know more?  Contact BICs at the address below.
Business Development Manager
British Institute of Cleaning Science
9 Premier Court
Boarden Close
Moulton Park
Northampton NN3 6LF
Tel 01604 678713
or  07766 110586
[email protected]