Extracted from the Dundee Evening Telegraph


Michael and Paul with their certificatesTwo Dundee businessmen have become the first in the city to gain a qualification in dry cleaning. Michael and Paul Grossi, who run Grossi’s in Lochee, have been awarded an SVQ level 2 certificate in the subject.

The pair were approached by the SQA to complete the qualification. And, although they first saw it as a bit “daft”, it could prove a valuable decision despite having several decades’ worth of experience between them already. Michael said: “We’ve been in the business for more than 30 years and have loads of experience. “It seemed a bit daft. But, after it was explained to us, it made more sense.

“Until now, there was no way of showing that we know more about dry cleaning than other people.” This is the first time the dry cleaning industry has had a qualification and Michael says he is glad he did it.

“We didn’t learn anything new as such,” he said. “It’s more formalising the skills we already have, but a certificate on the wall tells our customers we know what we’re doing.” The brothers who also run The Ferry Laundrette in Broughty Ferry received their certificates in July, after around six months of assessment.

The qualification has been running for three years and has been awarded to more than 150 launderettes and dry cleaners throughout Scotland.
Funded by Skills Development Scotland, the award is taught by Tarheel training centre in Denny, the only centre in Scotland to run it. Its owner, Archie Kerr, said: “The Grossis were really good students. They took to it very well and, although they have a lot of experience, they went in with an open mind.”

The dry cleaning qualification requires proof of a knowledge and understanding of a variety of different aspects including several dry cleaning methods, stain removal, pressing and finishing garments, fabric protection and classification of different types of fabric.

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