Members of the express testing team. (photo: ABM Industries Inc)
Members of the express testing team.
23.03.2021, 14:01

Partnership to Support UK Covid-19 Express Testing

ABM has partnered with Cignpost Diagnostics to provide 250 trained team members to service the manpower needs at COVID-19 testing sites at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports.

The partnership will draw on the flexible staffing expertise of ABM's Blackjack Promotions business to provide an agile manpower resource. With undeniable challenges faced by the aviation industry, the company's talented pool of people will help in the fight against COVID-19 - and to retain jobs.


Services provided by the highly trained team include carrying out swab tests, car park marshalling and on-site administration which includes checking samples are collected correctly and sent to laboratories efficiently and safely. In addition, the contract also includes some office-based roles which oversee the Fit to Fly certification process.


Rob Stefanovic, Head of Business Development for ABM’s UK aviation business, says: "The aviation and travel retail industries have faced unprecedented challenges over the past 12 months; but with a talent pool of incredible people, the partnership with Cignpost was an opportunity to diversify our business, while retaining the jobs of our team members.


"While we remain committed to the aviation industry, this collaboration demonstrates the level of flexible service and agility which we can provide our clients through these challenging times."


The 250 strong team have undergone a rigorous training process, including vetting. Delivered in partnership with Cignpost at ABM Aviation headquarters, the training is role specific and includes safe practice of administering the test, working safely and ensuring customers are protected and understand the test process.


Blackjack Promotions’ dynamic staffing expertise is supported by a digital CMS system which automates the entire process from candidate application all the way through to online interview and shift allocation. As well as increasing the speed of team mobilisation, it also ensures all relevant compliance is covered.


Christian Corney, CEO of Cignpost Diagnostics, comments: "ABM's team is a perfect fit for the vital role of helping us deliver fast and accurate PCR COVID-19 tests at our nations primary airports.  Their experience in the airport environment and understanding of how to support passengers is incredibly valuable in enabling ExpressTest to deliver class leading COVID-19 screening to the public."


ABM is also providing dedicated account management to support the Express Test operations team in what is a dynamic environment which demands agility and precision.


In 2020, the facility services provider established an Expert Advisory Council, which includes external leading experts in infectious disease and industrial hygiene to advise on many aspects of ABM UK’s business, including its proprietary EnhancedClean™ programme.


The three-step EnhancedClean™ approach delivers healthy spaces with a certified disinfection process. It is designed to help clients return to their facilities safely and navigate change in a post COVID-19 world. It also delivers assurance to employees, customers and the public by demonstrating trustworthy cleaning and disinfection. The programme includes consistent intervals of frequent high touch point and broad disinfection, delivered by certified team members.  


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