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Education and Training

Qualifications

18% of the sector workforce has no qualifications, compared with 9% across the UK.

Qualification attainment across the housing and property industry is similar to that of the facilities management. The stark contrast is evident in the cleaning and support services industry, which has a much higher proportion of individuals with no qualifications (37%), and a much higher proportion of the workforce with Level 2 qualifications or below (70%, compared with 29% in the all UK).

  • In parking – 62% of the workforce has attained a qualification below NVQ level 2 and 38% have attained NVQ level 2 and above qualification.
  • In housing – 25% of the workforce has attained a below level 2 qualification, 17% NVQ level 2 and 58% NVQ level 3 and above.
  • In facilities management – 28% of the workforce has attained a below NVQ level 2 qualification, 13% NVQ level 2 and 60% NVQ level 3 and above.
  • In cleaning – 70% of the workforce has attained a below NVQ Level 2 qualification, 13% NVQ level 2 and 17% NVQ level 3 and above.
  • In housing and property – 25% of the workforce has attained a below NVQ level 2 qualification, 17% NVQ level 2 and 58% NVQ level 3 and above.

By occupational group, 40% of those in elementary occupations have no qualifications. 81% of those employed in professional occupations, 45% in associate professionals and technical occupations, and 44% of managers and senior officials are qualified to Level 4 and above.

Source: Asset Skills Sector Skills Assessment – UK 2010 and Asset Skills LMI report March 2010


Training

In the cleaning industry, 26% of cleaning companies claimed to have spent more time on training than was the case 12 months ago, whilst 10% spent more money. 56% of companies claimed that investment in training had remained at roughly the same level.

Compared to 12 months ago, 34% of companies in facilities management have spent more time on training, but 11% have spent more money. A significant proportion of companies (43%) feel that the level of investment has remained about the same.

Compared to last year 28% of companies in the housing industry have spent more time on training, whilst 16% claim to have spent more money. 42% of companies suggested that there had been no real change in the amount of time and money invested in training.

23% of companies in the property industry stated that they had spent more time on training in the last year, but only 4% claimed to have spent more money. 13% of companies suggested that the amount of time spent on training had fallen in the last 12 months.

Source: Cleaning Barometer October 2009, Facilities Management Barometer October 2009, Housing Barometer October 2009 and Property Barometer October 2009