Elijah Howell, a member of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC), tells us about his career and the benefits of being part of this respected livery company
Why did you join the WCEC?
I joined the WCEC because I felt it was a very good environment to be in, surrounded by other people involved in the same industry as myself. Networking, reputation building, gaining insight into other areas of the industry, and learning from the experience of others at the peak of their careers is what attracted me to the WCEC.
Can you give a brief overview of your career history – and tell us what brought you to the cleaning industry?
Ten years ago I started as a window cleaner in London as a means to an end. Within a few years I then trained to be a Rope Access Technician to increase my skills and possibilities. I now run a team of experienced abseilers and cradle operators capable of carrying out a range of tasks in the commercial cleaning, building construction and maintenance industries. Through the years I have developed a passion for what I do. I’m proud of what we have done and are accomplishing as a company.
What are the benefits of membership, and how have these helped you personally?
One benefit in being a member is the privilege to be able to wine and dine in unique settings, such as the Mansion House and other grand halls, by invitation only. Also, becoming a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman is a personal achievement that probably would never have been possible without the WCEC. Meeting and connecting with like-minded people has gone a long way for me personally, both socially and within business.
What would you say to someone thinking about joining the WCEC – why should they do it?
If someone is serious about their career, but also likes to have fun and be sociable, then the WCEC will be a good setting.
Why is the cleaning industry a good place to work?
The cleaning industry is notorious for early starts, but also early finishes!
What are your predictions for the cleaning industry in the future?
The cleaning industry will continue to shine (excuse the pun!) with the right individuals driving it forward. For the 10 years I have been in the industry, it has changed dramatically. The standards keep on being raised by hard-working individuals (not only within our company!). The future is looking very sparkly!