Devon-based ventilation cleaning firm Overclean has seen a team of its technicians become the first to complete an accredited ventilation hygiene cleaning qualification.
The group underwent National Occupational Standards (NOS) training and were awarded the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) units on 11 April.
In keeping with the company’s commitment to continuous improvements, its ventilation technicians also recently attended an upskilling and assessment programme, which has resulted in them being awarded several NOS within the ventilation sector, including the BSEBSE 01 (Health & Safety), SUMMES25 (Inspect and Test Systems) and the BSEHV11, the NOS for Cleaning Industrial and Commercial Ventilation Systems.
Penarth-headquartered training assessor Paddeco ran the courses and provided support and guidance to the Overclean team.
Ben Ledger, sales director for Overclean said: “We are immensely proud to have completed the first phase of our training programme to SVQ level. This is the first time in our industry we have an independent third-party assessment centre delivering an accredited training programme.
“This gives our clients peace of mind in their selection of a company who has competent trained staff and cleaning to a set high standard. The competency of our teams shows our commitment to the government’s ‘Building a Safer Future Charter’ by investing in training and continuing professional development. Again, improving skills will support our commitment to improving indoor air quality in buildings.”
Overclean is a member of NAADUK (National Association of Air Duct Specialists) and Jonathan Brennan, chairman of the association, said: “I am delighted that one of our members, Overclean, has achieved the NOS for the first group of air duct technicians.
“The NOS states that these standards are developed by Standard Setting Organisations (SSO) in consultation with employers and other stakeholders across each of the UK nations, (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England). Specific requirements are considered by each nation and the result is a set of NOS that are suitable for use across the UK. The standard is set out in a common format and approved on a four-nation basis with SQA Accreditation ensuring compliance. Each NOS has a published date stating when it was approved, and the most current NOS are listed in this database.
“To my knowledge this is the first group to come through this type of program, required by government, for quite some considerable time. This standard will raise the level of competency of ductwork cleaning and maintenance which is desperately needed to a technician standard. In addition, the process of NOS is a more robust indicator of skill and competency as the assessing body has to be truly independently audited by a non-associated company. This program is not a short one- or two-day course but takes time to achieve which can only enhance the credibility of the scheme.
“I am encouraged that the scheme independent assessors, Paddeco, can demonstrate they are professional and, importantly, independently qualified to assess that the candidates have met the required standard and look forward to this being the first of many members of NAADUK and associate organisations taking up this opportunity. Our aim at NAADUK is to raise the bar of competency in ventilation hygiene for the many and not for a select few.”