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Cleaning and environmental services apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the cleaning and environmental services sector.

Cleaning and environmental services apprentices are key to ensuring that public places are clean, safe and look good.

Training opportunities

Training is an important part of this career because cleaners deal with hazardous chemicals, and sometimes with large machinery. You could also find yourself undertaking a variety of horticulture skills working in parks and countryside recreation sites.

As an apprentice, you’ll learn a range of cleaning techniques and skills including health and safety, working effectively with customers and others, and communication skills.

Depending on your employer, you might learn how to:

  • clean food areas
  • operate a street cleaner
  • clean confined areas
  • use a water-fed pole system to clean windows and building façades
  • clean high-risk areas
  • clean the inside of passenger transport vehicles.
  • carry out maintenance and minor repairs
  • clean specialised electronic equipment

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of horticulture apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • passenger transport cleaner
  • industrial cleaner
  • caretaker
  • window cleaner
  • street cleansing operative
  • hygiene and cleaning operative
  • specialist carpet and flooring cleaners
  • neighbourhood services operative
  • specialist neighbourhood services operative
  • pest management technician

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • cleaning supervisor or team leader

Apply for a horticulture apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education