Established in 2009 in one of South Lanarkshire’s areas of multiple deprivation, Eddlewood Training Academy provides skills training for both Council employees and local unemployed people. The Academy was developed by the Council’s Facilities Management Service whose broad ranging remit covers building cleaning, catering, janitorial, school crossing patrol, concierge, reception, and conference and banqueting services for the Council and partner organisations’ properties across the South Lanarkshire area.
The Academy was conceived to address the challenges the service faces in recruiting and retaining suitably qualified and experienced staff for its core business activities of cleaning and catering. The project is meeting its primary objectives in ensuring and developing a first class workforce for the future: problems with staff continuity have been addressed; employees obtain food and nutrition qualifications before they start work at each site; staff cooking skills have improved, and the service receives very positive Environmental health reports. The Academy has also contributed to the Council’s success in increasing the uptake of school meals, which in many other areas is currently falling, and has generally promoted healthy eating through the provision of training events for pupils, parents and the general public.
Download the application form: SWF 08 Eddlewood Training Academy