How to become a cleaner: Elliot's story

Meet Elliot, 23, from Hull. Find out how he built his confidence through his cleaning job. Part of our world of work series.

"Never give up. Look at someone like me with low confidence - to be in paid employment is the best feeling ever."

  • At the age of two, Elliot was diagnosed with dyspraxia and autism. He finds life much easier if he has a strict routine and is given clear tasks

  • He has a learning disability and when he went to a job centre with his mum, he was advised about Mencap, the national charity for people with a learning disability. Through the charity, he did work experience placements and was really happy to be offered a contract as a cleaner at a primary school

  • He absolutely loves his role, which involves dusting, hoovering and re-arranging the office and school desks. He is reliable, hard-working and has good timekeeping. He feels his work has been life-changing. He enjoys being part of a team and his confidence has soared.

What to expect if you're interested in being a cleaner

  • Cleaner salary: £12,000 to £18,000 per year
  • Cleaner working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You can apply for jobs with cleaning companies or any organisation that employs their own cleaners. There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need to show employers that you're reliable and able to do the job. Experience can help, particularly if you're looking for specialised cleaning work. You can also set up your own cleaning company. You can find out more about careers in cleaning from The British Institute of Cleaning Science.

This information is a guide (source: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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