Sharon Court

Sharon Court


The best thing about my job is the appreciation you get from people, and the satisfaction of seeing that you have done a good job.

Sharon is one of the cleaners who support #TeamScience by keeping the laboratory clean and safe.

What do you do in your job?

I work as a cleaner, looking after the corridors, the offices, shared kitchens – everywhere!

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

We go wherever we are needed – without us the site would look at state. We are really important.

What’s the best thing about your job?

It’s the appreciation you get from people, and the satisfaction of seeing that you have done a good job.

How does your job support the people and the science that happens on site?

It’s a big part of health and safety – everything would get shut down if we weren’t here and the place was a mess!

We support people when they have visitors and events on site, making sure it runs smoothly, and the site is the best it can be.

What is it like working in a facility like Daresbury?

I have been here for about 12 years and every day is different. It’s better than working in a school or an office block – much more interesting. And the people are really nice, and appreciate what we do. That makes all the difference.

Check out the site where Sharon works:

It’s also feels like a really safe place to work – there are always security guards on site, and if you need any help someone is always down the end of the phone.

What did you study at school?

I moved around a lot when I was in school so I didn’t do very well! After that I got my City & Guilds in beauty therapy, and since I have start working, I have gotten my NVQ in cleaning and support services.

What five top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • You have to be a team player – there is no point being stand offish or not pulling your weight, because we all have a job to do and all have to work together
  • Be flexible – we have a routine, but could all get pulled onto a job at any time or to help support an event, so you have to be able to deal with that
  • Reliable and conscientious – your manager and the people on site need to be able to rely on you to do your work and do a good job, otherwise you are creating more work for everyone
  • You need to be able to follow rules and regulations – this is important for health and safety everywhere, but it is especially important for science facilities because of the equipment and the security measures they have in place

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