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Interserve/University of Sussex partnership named Centre of Excellence by BICSc

by Interserve Press Office | Feb 10, 2015

Interserve/University of Sussex partnership named Centre of Excellence by BICScSussex Estates and Facilities LLP – a partnership between Interserve, the international support services and construction group, and the University of Sussex – has been given ‘Centre of Excellence’ status by the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) in recognition of the best practice training it is providing to cleaning operatives. 

Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) was created in January 2014 when the university appointed Interserve to deliver estates and facilities management services across its entire estate. Since then, the partnership has provided extensive training for 135 members of the cleaning and housekeeping team to achieve their BICSc Bronze level Licence-to-Practice qualification, with further Silver level training now underway for all team members that undertake customer-facing roles. 

The training programme at Sussex Estates and Facilities is led by SEF’s BICSc champion, Hamid Ghadry, who is currently the only person in the country to have completed the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite 2.0 (CPSS) qualification through the BICSc. 

Hamid Ghadry said: “Implementing a vigorous, structured training programme is not only instrumental in providing a first-class service to the customer, it has had a major positive impact on morale and productivity too. 

“At Sussex we have the most updated version of the BICSc qualification which we are providing to all housekeeping employees. It is very important to us, and to the University, to focus on best practice, and ensuring our employees receive continuous training is a key part of the Centre of Excellence mentality.” 

Brian Talbot, managing director for civil government at Interserve said: “As a BICSc ‘Centre of Excellence’, our partnership with the University of Sussex is now nationally recognised as an example of best practice in the cleaning industry. It’s fantastic to see the hard work of our teams rewarded by a respected industry body, and reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring the smooth and efficient running of our customers’ organisations.”   

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For further information please contact: 

Tom Short / Emma Molton                                  
020 7636 7366

Rhys Jones                                                        
Group PR Manager, Interserve    
01189 60 2285 

About Interserve 

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values.  We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.4 billion and a workforce of over 80,000 people worldwide. 

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