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Cleaning and Support Services - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)

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Apprenticeship outline

Do you have a desire to work outdoors and develop specialist cleaning and horticultural skills that could involve working for local authorities, housing associations, the NHS or private specialist cleaning organisations?

If you are considering this career you will train to become a Cleaning and Environmental Service professional that can make a difference to all our lives. Cleaners ensure that the places we work in and the public places we use are attractive, safe and hygienic. In hospitals cleaning staff are at the forefront of controlling the spread of infection, and in many walks of life cleaners ensure a hazard free environment by ensuring it is safe and clean for the general public.

The Programmes consist of the following:

Technical (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles
  • Level 2 Award in Cleaning Principles

Competence (Skills)

  • Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Local Environmental Services Skills

Broader transferable skills and behaviours

  • Functional Skills English, Maths Level 1 and 2
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS) - embedded skills within the programme

How to apply for this apprenticeship

You can register your interest in an Apprenticeship by emailing your CV to

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You can study this course on a day release or 100% work-based basis.

Start date

You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of the year.


Cleaning and Environmental Support Services - Cleaning and Support Services - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)


12 - 18 months

Level Level 2
Entry requirements
  • You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.
  • You will also need 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3/A* to D or equivalent including English Language and Maths. Some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.


Throughout the programme there will be varied methods of assessment including:

  • Generating a portfolio of evidence including products of work, and reflective accounts and discussions.
  • Direct observation of skills and competence by Assessor and Managers.
  • There will be on-going and end assessments which include tests over the programme.

Continuing in Education, you could progress onto:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Cleaning Supervision
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Facilities Management
  • Qualifications in Team Leading Progression to team leader, supervisor roles into higher level management positions, managing several contracts and a large number of staff.
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