Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Are you a cleaning and hygiene sector employer interested in accessing funds to develop your workforce?

Did you know that the Level 2 Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship is now live?

The Level 2 Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship will enable industry businesses to invest in their staff, providing employees an opportunity to access a recognised work-related cleaning qualification.

The apprenticeship standard for the whole of cleaning and hygiene sector was launched on 1 January, 2024.

The apprenticeship will benefit your business by:

• developing a workforce with skills specific to your business
• allowing existing employees to pass on their knowledge to your next generation of employees
• providing you with a motivated and fast-developing workforce.

As well as unlocking millions of pounds a year for staff training in the sector, the new apprenticeship will help the sector and staff achieve greater recognition for their vital and skilled work which contributes to the health and wealth of the nation.

It offers the opportunity for organisations to use Apprenticeship Levy payments to fund Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeships for their staff.

All sector employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million pay the Apprenticeship Levy and could implement the apprenticeship standard in their businesses, as could smaller businesses who have been gifted Levy payments.

The tariff for the apprenticeship standard has been confirmed as £5,000 per learner, which is inclusive of all aspects and proportionate to the quantity and quality of the work involved.

You can view the apprenticeship standard and end point assessment plan in full here:

Companies interested in setting up the scheme in their workplace should select a training provider, agree the delivery plan and commence the onboarding process.

Apprenticeship providers for cleaning related qualifications may be found at:

The following providers from the approved list have already confirmed that they will be delivering the apprenticeship nationally:

  • Aurelia Training Ltd.
  • Darlington Borough Council
  • GLP Training Ltd.
  • HIT Training Ltd. (Commercial route only)
  • Steadfast Training Ltd.
  • IPS International (Kent only)

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is calling on larger businesses to gift or transfer unused Levy funds to smaller businesses which otherwise would not be able to fund Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeships.

Employers can choose to transfer up to 25 percent of their Levy funds each year to other businesses to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment, via their apprenticeship service account, which can be set up online.

The benefits of gifting include:

• helping build stronger relationships between businesses and promoting collaboration

• supporting more apprentices and a more skilled workforce across the sector

• providing SMEs with financial support for training and development

• and it is very positive for the brand image of companies gifting funds.

Gifting companies can specify which businesses, sectors, skills or local areas they would like to support, meaning funds can be kept within the cleaning and hygiene sector. The Government tops up the payment by 10 percent.

Transferred funds can only be used to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment up to the funding band maximum.

Companies can find out how to transfer Levy funds here:

Smaller companies which need Levy funding for apprenticeships can apply here:

There are also other means of companies not paying the Apprenticeship Levy to access funds. Please find details of funding rules for other possible options here:

Last year, the BCC was offering Apprenticeship Advice and Guidance (AAG) sessions, ahead of the launch of the Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship.

You can download the presentation here.

You can download answers to frequently asked questions about the apprenticeship here

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