When I was a young boy, I dreamt of becoming a paediatrician. A career in cleaning and facilities certainly wasn’t on the radar. But after getting a taster of the industry as part of my university studies, I soon realised that this is a vibrant, vital profession with opportunities for progression.
After working for Rentokil as part of my dissertation, I took a permanent position with the firm. I was there for almost seven years before joining Facilicom and although it wasn’t always the most glamorous role, I learnt a wide variety of skills, and it got me to where I am today.
I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a rewarding career in cleaning and facilities for over 25-years now. However, I know all too well the misconceptions that cloud it. It has gained an inaccurate reputation for being low skilled and low paid, which often act as a barrier to new talent entering the field.
What many people outside of our industry don’t see is the impact that our services can have on others and the rewarding career it provides. The cleaning and facilities sector is vast and there are so many opportunities to learn skills and progress.
As our nation’s young people embark on a new academic year, it will be time for some to think seriously about their future. At Facilicom we want to inspire this next generation to consider a career in cleaning.
Having spent time delivering guest lectures to the facilities management students at Liverpool University, and working closely with our new trainees, I know first-hand how exciting it can be to take your initial steps into the industry. It is something that we must nurture.
We’re always on the lookout for people with the attitude and skills to thrive in cleaning, facilities and security. From our apprenticeships and learning and development programmes, to our international training scheme for high potential groups, we have put the initiatives in place to support and develop our colleagues, so that they can enjoy a long and rewarding career.
Jan Hein Hemke
Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland