Janitorial Facilities Management Team at Perth and Kinross Council
In 2014, the Janitorial Facilities Management Team at Perth and Kinross Council took action to address the financial challenges facing their Service. This group of staff used their autonomy, initiative, skills and commitment to create added value for their schools. Working within an authorising environment, the team were able to exercise choice and shape the direction of their work to use their collective knowledge and expertise for the greater benefit of their schools, their colleagues and pupils.
They were amongst the first (nationally) to receive the SVQ level 2 in Facilities Management, and by undertaking ROSPA Play Area Inspection certification, they eliminated a new budget pressure for schools. Embracing an opportunity to use skills from previous employment, the team drew on their own individual trade expertise, and, working alongside their Property Service colleagues, extended the first line maintenance role to something which goes far beyond minor repairs. The team now provide a range of in-house solutions which contribute to the school buildings maintenance programme, carrying out work such as portable appliance testing, paintwork and redecoration, installation of fitted furniture and other small joinery/plumbing works.
"We start work as the schools are finishing so it benefits them (teachers and pupils) and it benefits us too. We don't just put out bins and lock doors - there's more to us than that" (D Moran, 2014).
This approach has reduced disruption within schools as work is conducted outwith teaching time. In addition, significant savings have been achieved - £32,000 in the first year alone. The team achieved a gold award at the Council's in-house Securing the Future Awards ceremony in 2014, and reached the final of the COSLA Excellence awards in 2015.
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