A day as a housekeeper

You start work at 9am, meeting with senior nurses and support services personnel at your local NHS hospital to discuss the running of the wards. You talk about national governments standards of hygiene, and decide your current ward-cleaning regime is working very well. After the meeting, you check clean bed sheets have arrived and ensure they're stored in the right place. Then, you look over your list of maintenance issues, and check each one has been dealt with. Later, you're informed by a member of the cleaning staff that new cleaning equipment is needed, and order new supplies. Every day is different and fast-paced, and you love being a vital part of running the hospital.

Does this sound like you?

You're organised and responsible, and can take on many tasks at once without getting stressed. You like working with others, and but can also work under your own initiative.

What's next after GCSE?

Although there are no minimum requirements for this role, gaining some GCSEs is a good idea to demonstrate basic numeracy and literacy. Then you should consider getting relevant work experience in a hotel, or NHS hospital.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Gaining A levels will demonstrate you're hardworking and academically able. However, work experience is usually more important for this role, so consider gaining an entry-level position within an NHS hospital and working your way up, or obtaining experience within the hotel industry. There are also sometimes apprenticeships in the NHS. Job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. You can also find apprenticeships on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship