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ISS Ireland welcomes students from Inhni for two student work experience placements

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Over the course of September and October, following months of preparation, ISS Ireland welcomed two groups of students who attend Inhni, a network of French colleges specialising in education and training in the cleaning industry, both at an operative and contract manager level

The college we partnered with was based in Tour.  This was funded and part of an Erasmus Programme.

As part of the first placement, fourteen students participating in Inhni’s BAC/ CAP courses (cleaning operative and team leader level) arrived in our office on 24 September to complete a two-week work placement.  Three sites in Dublin were selected to host these students: University College Dublin, EY and Holiday Inn.  The main aim of the programme was for the students to gain practical experience in core cleaning tasks.

For their first day we organised a training day at our Citywest Head Office where the students were given an overview of our operations in Ireland, the importance we place on service culture and completed a number of H&S courses including manual handling, chemical awareness and task specific risk assessments. The students were divided into their groups, given their uniform and they set off to site to start of their practical work experience at their designated contract.

The experience was very positive from both ISS and the students themselves.  Certain cleaning techniques were taught to us by the students themselves, so it was truly an exchange of information and best practice on both sides. 

At the end of the programme we arranged an event for the students to mark their visit to Ireland and to have a bit of fun Irish style, a trip on the Viking Splash Tour was organised which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and a gift and certificate was presented to the students. 

Inhni-image2-250The second placement commenced on 15 October.  Ten students, participating in Inhni’s management programme, the BTS course, arrived to gain further insight from a practical management perspective about how our accounts operate on a day to day basis, gather insights and provide us with feedback from their perspective.  The Inhni students on this programme joined our teams at Novartis Elm Park, The Dáil (Ireland’s Houses of Parliament), Dublin City University and Holiday Inn.  This was a one-week internship where their brief was to visit a contract, observe the day to day operations and report back to ISS on a number of key criterion, namely:

  • Understanding the service
  • Management of HR on site
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Technical Organisation
  • Quality Organisation
  • Health and Safety Management

Inhni-image3-250On the final day, after three days of sites visits and integration with the local management teams, the students presented their findings, insights and recommendations to the site management teams and some representatives from the Country Management team.  The presentations by the students were very complimentary of the ISS teams on site, the integration and openness of management and operatives, the services we provide and some good ideas where shared on best practice within the industry.

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Both programmes were very successful.  Both Inhni and the students themselves are extremely grateful for the opportunity they had, the support they received from ISS, the site managers and teams they met, the time we invested in the programme and the learnings they obtained. 

Thanks to all those who were involved in these placements especially the site managers and teams at Holiday Inn, EY, UCD, DCU, the Dáil, and Novartis as well as the People & Culture team for their assistance in instigating the programme and overseeing its organisation.

Should anyone be interested in learning more about the programme and facilitating a work placement in the future please contact Rosanne Edger, P&C Director or Lisa Hughes, HSEQ Manager, ISS Ireland.

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If you have a question about ISS UK and Ireland, please contact:

Rebecca Jennings
UK Marketing and Communications Manager - ISS UK

Tel: (+44) 07974 100017

Rebecca.Jennings@uk.issworld.com

About Inhni

Welcome to INHNI, the training and consulting organization of the Hygiene, Cleanliness and Environment sector

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