“We use a lot of practical science in our jobs. We have to know about different product standards and different chemicals so we can use them safely. ”
My team and I look after lots of different parts of the site – from the window cleaning to waste and feminine hygiene, making sure there are no pests and making sure everything is clean. This includes in any communal areas like the gym!
I bring it all together – we have to have rotas and routines to make sure that we can get everything done, and to plan for big events and functions in terms of my team’s availability and extra staff.
It’s like my second home here – I really keep it running. I worry when I have to go on holiday, and don’t like leaving for more than a week at a time. I like to make sure that everyone has everything they need and nothing is going to crop up.
Every day is different – it’s so versatile. I wouldn’t want to do the same thing every day. I like blitzing something and doing a really deep clean. If I get bored, I can just go for a walk.
And when I am done for the day I am done. I don’t have a phone, because I couldn’t switch off.
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If we weren’t here the site just wouldn’t work. If there is an event we need to look at the venues, check that it is clean, and see if we will need any support to make sure it is fit for purpose. Like the catering staff, people have to check with us as part of their event planning.
I really love it. I’ve been very lucky, because I like all of it. I get to be hands on and help out, and I get to make my own schedule. A lot of that I have picked up over time.
I went back to college when I was 25 to study catering because I really loved cooking. Catering and cleaning really go hand-in-hand. I worked here for a while, and then I took a position at another job. Then, someone left, and I was head-hunted for this job.
We use a lot of practical science in our jobs. We have to know about different product standards and different chemicals so we can use them safely.
Like science in a lab, we have methods that we have to follow and standards that we have to keep to. This means that our work is all up to scratch, and complies with different regulations.
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