Apprenticeship spotlight: Textile Care Services Operative
There are over 3,500 textile care businesses in the UK, ranging in size from SMEs to PLCs and covering both commercial laundry and dry/wet cleaning. The industry employs circa 32,000 employees and is worth in the region of £1billion a year. Textile Care Services Operatives form the majority of employees in the sector and are at the heart of the operation.
The qualification was developed so operators fully understand their obligations and the implications of cross contamination, environmental factors, understanding the chemicals used, safe systems of work and lean practices.
NTG training is one of the first organisations to release this standard for delivery.
What sectors does the apprenticeship cover?
- Commercial laundry
- Health care
- Football clubs
- Food sector
Who is the qualification aimed at?
- Laundry Operative
- Garment cleaner
- Wet cleaning operative
- General Laundry operative
- Kit men/women
- Sector/company history
- Health & Safety
- Quality Standards
- Environmental Practices
- Cleaning processes
- Finishing processes
- Machine breakdowns and failure
- Technology and IT
- Communication/time management
- 1-1 face to face
Overview: Providing laundry services and often product rental, to a wide range of sectors in the UK
Employers involved in creating the standard: Aspley Workwear, Bates of London, Berendsen, Central Laundry, Crystal Laundry, Imperial Laundry, Johnson Service Group, Laundry World, Micronclean, NHS Salisbury, Royal Jersey, Swiss/Camplings Group, Total Laundry
Maximum funding: £4,000
Duration: 12 months
External Quality Assurance Provider: UKFT
UKFT is working to raise the skills and productivity of the people who work in our industry to the highest level, ensuring the UK fashion and textile sector remains competitive against global competition. During National Apprenticeship Week, we will be profiling some of the new apprenticeship standards that we have co-ordinated since UKFT became Sector Skills Body for the Fashion & Textiles industry.