Making cleaning a profession to be proud of

Maureen Marden, Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, on the importance that cleaning plays in our lives.

Imagine a world with no cleaners. Not a pleasant thought is it? Ensuring a clean and hygienic environment, at home, at work, or at school, both indoors and outdoors, is essential to us all in a number of ways. Cleaning keeps us healthy, by banishing bacteria and dust, and also contributes to our wider well-being. Workers will be more productive, students will have better learning outcomes, and members of the public will feel safer and happier if their surroundings are clean and well-maintained.

There’s no denying that cleaning is a vital service, contributing much to society and the facilities management sector – so why do some people still not take it seriously? I welcome recent news about further support for the London Living Wage, and a call from the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals for cleaners in their sector to undertake relevant qualifications. This can only help to raise the profile of the cleaning industry, and emphasise its importance to the UK economy.

It echoes the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity, while promoting and supporting education, training and research projects within our sector. Cleaning is a profession to be proud of, and one that offers lots of opportunities. It can be a flexible option for students, parents or carers, who need to fit work in around other commitments; it offers much in terms of job satisfaction – how many other professions allow you to see the result of your efforts so clearly; and it can also be the first step on a career that could lead to jobs in infection control, facilities management, health and safety, and more.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners will continue to work with its partners to promote the cleaning cause and I’m looking forward to seeing what developments – in terms of training and technology – will emerge during 2014 to further enhance this sector. Our message is clear – stand up and be proud to be a cleaner!

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