PETA apprentice organises litter-pick project in a bid to combine cleaning and community

Article summary: PETA business apprentice Chloe Borsley organised a litter pick along Lee-on-Solent beach, which resulted in a group of volunteers coming together to get the job done.

Chloe organised the little-pick as a project she was tasked with as part of her apprenticeship and she chose this event as she wanted to do something related to her workplace as well as something to help the local community.

Chloe is employed as an office administrator apprentice by Waterlooville-based cleaning company Time For You and sister company Green Fox. She is doing a Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship with PETA and spends one day a month at PETA’s Portsmouth-based training centre and the rest of her time learning in the workplace. 

Chloe’s role involves carrying out all the administration work for the company, from answering phone and email enquiries, liaising with clients and existing cleaners, sourcing new cleaners, and pairing clients with cleaners to create successful partnerships. 

Chloe, who is 12 months into the 15-month apprenticeship, is given time to study each week during working hours, which gives her a good work-life balance and ensures she has time during the working day to complete projects and tasks. One such project was the litter pick.

The task was to simply ‘carry out a project’ and Chloe organised it all from scratch - sourcing the litter picking equipment, deciding where to hold the event, carrying out risk assessments, conducting an analysis of the event action plan, and advertising the event to encourage people to take part.  

Chloe said:

“The project could’ve been anything, but I wanted it to reflect what we do as a company and get the community involved. I feel strongly about keeping our environment clean, especially beaches where it can be particularly dangerous for animals if litter finds its way into the sea.”

This week marks the Great British Beach Clean 2021 (17-26 September) so Chloe’s litter pick has helped highlight the importance of keeping our beaches and coastlines clean and litter-free. 

Chloe added:

“I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship and there’s a really friendly atmosphere at PETA. COVID has presented some additional challenges but it’s still been really enjoyable and we’ve gotten the work done. My tutor, Linda Page, has been great throughout, really helpful every step of the way. I’ve learnt a lot of things on the job, but the theoretical techniques I’ve learned with PETA have enabled me to apply my knowledge to solve problems in the workplace which is very satisfying.”

The two-hour litter pick took place on 4 September and saw 14 volunteers joining Chloe to help make a difference. They collected several bags of rubbish along the way, leaving the beach spic and span.

Time For You is a nationwide domestic cleaning company with over 165 local franchises across the UK. Each franchise has a network of self-employed cleaners who they have interviewed in their own homes, vetted and reference checked to ensure each and every cleaner is honest and reliable and good at what they do. Sister company Green Fox offers a comprehensive commercial cleaning service.

PETA Learning and Development Coach Dean Curry completes Chloe’s progress reviews every six weeks and helps her plan out her portfolio evidence. Dean said: “Chloe is always a happy and cheerful individual who has shown she is keen to do well and always puts in 110%. She has consistently received positive feedback from her employer, PETA’s in-house trainer and completed what I have set her to a high standard.”

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