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We speak to Kim Le Brocq to find out about his role and his advice on how you can learn more about environmental careers.
What are the main skills needed to do your job?
There are a plethora of skills needed to run this type of business. You have to have good Business management skills as it can become quite costly to ensure you use quality products. You have to have an eye for detail and appetite in delivering superior quality and acknowledge that people have entrusted their treasured clothes and linens with you. Good customer service skills are a must as the public like to chat. Great negotiating skills when dealing with suppliers and a passion for laundry and for the environment and giving something back to the community. We offer a personal service and enjoy the day to day banter with our customers and the public
What motivated you to work in this field?
I have worked in the Finance industry around the Globe all of my career and therefore had many suits to dry clean and shirts to wash and iron on a weekly basis. I always remembered the horrible chemical smell coming from my suits and decided to investigate the process and see if there were any alternatives. I read a lot of research on the dry cleaning industry and was horrified how harmful the chemicals are to the fabrics, to you (causes of respiratory issues) and the environment (toxic waste). I wanted to have a project to do something Green when I moved back to Jersey 7 years ago and the Green Laundry Room was born !
What advice would you give to someone who is keen to learn more about environmental careers?
Be passionate about your subject matter and do lots of research and stand up for what you believe in. It’s tough and slow to turn public opinions, but you have to persevere and gradually people start to understand the differences between environmental considerations and the status quo. There is also a mushroom affect as people learn more and appreciates the benefits of looking at things differently and what it can do to help those around you. Jersey is behind the curve in terms of environmental agendas but there are many people who are starting to turn the dial and make a difference.
Thinking of joining an eco career but not sure where to start?
Why not arrange an appointment with the Skills Jersey Careers Advise team who offer a free impartial careers advice and guidance service for all ages, regardless of residency or employment status.
Your one-to-one appointment will be in a relaxed, informal and confidential environment.
Find out more by calling the team on +44 (0) 1534 449440 or book an appointment online.