A day as a laundry assistant

You work in your local NHS hospital, and today you're on the afternoon shift starting at 2pm. Your first task is to collect used linen from around the hospital, and carry it back to the laundry area where you sort it into batches. You place staff uniforms and bed linen in separate machines, then use the laundry computer to select the right wash programmes for each. Next, you wash the 'infection control' linen, which has already been placed by nurses in sealed bags that dissolve in the wash. You place these in the washing machine and select the correct programme, ensuring you follow health and hygiene guidelines for dealing with contaminated items. After using steam presses to iron washed bedclothes, you deliver clean sheets back to the wards and finish work at 10pm.

Does this sound like you?

You're hardworking and like to be physically active. You like following rules and guidelines, don't mind working unusual hours and like being part of a team.

What's next after GCSE?

Although you don't need GCSEs (or the equivalent) to work as a laundry assistant, gaining passing grades in maths and english helps demonstrate basic numeracy and literacy.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You don't need A levels (or the equivalent) for this role as on the job training is given.