At British Red Cross Training, we offer complete national coverage, so our first aid trainers are able to provide on-site first aid at work training to organisations across the country, regardless of where you are based.
In this blog, we’ll discuss how to prepare for your first aid training session, who will be providing your first aid training and what the course consists of.
How to prepare for a training session?
When undertaking any of our first aid courses on-site, you need to ensure that your team and working environment are prepared for the session. There are a number of ways you can do this, including:
- Make sure the room in which the training is taking place is suitable. We recommend at least 15 m2 of carpeted floor space or mats need to be available as people will be working on the floor for many practical aspects of the course, as well as a screen or clear white wall for presentations.
- All sessions must be attended in full in order to achieve qualification - so all employees taking part must arrive in good time for the start of the course, as they will not be able to join if they are late.
- We recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing and flat shoes, as first aid at work training involves practical activities and all attendees should feel comfortable.
- Because the duties of a first-aider can be physically and emotionally demanding it is important to select your first aiders carefully.
- Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made to training to support those with additional needs, these adjustments can’t be in place for assessment, all learners are expected to meet the same standard to be issued a certificate. If someone joining the training may need adjustments or additional support, please let us know in advance so we can discuss their needs and offer the best possible support for them on the day.
By adhering to these five recommendations, you can set your team up for a smooth and successful first aid training session.
We offer a range of first aid and health and safety courses which can all be delivered in-house. Speak to one of our experts to see which course is right for you.
Who will provide the training?
All of our qualified trainers are employed by British Red Cross Training, which means we don't outsource training to freelance trainers or use trainers from other providers. Each of our trainers are contracted, quality assured and trained to our standards.
Our team are ISO 9001: 2015 certified, for the design and provision of first aid courses and our quality assurance plan allows us to always deliver our training to a high standard. Our training team leaders observe our first aid trainers every three months to guarantee that our courses align with best practice, meaning our first aid trainers are constantly learning and improving.
After our trainers have delivered your first aid training, we ask all attendees to provide feedback, so that our team know how they are performing. This allows us to consistently improve our courses as a whole, meaning our clients are always receiving the highest quality training.
What does the training session consist of?
In each of our first aid at work courses, your team will be involved in a variety of activities, such as whole group discussions, small group projects and scenario-based training. Our trainers carry out ongoing and practical assessments throughout the course, so there is no single examination at the end of the session. This method ensures that all learners gain confidence and practical experience without the fear of a more formal final assessment being a barrier to their learning.
Once the first aid training session has been completed, learners will receive their certificate and be offered access to Safe Hands, our online post-learning community where each first-aider trained by us can ask for advice, read helpful guides and watch videos to get the most out of their post-training experience.
At British Red Cross Training, we offer ongoing learning and support to all the first-aiders we train. We send regular newsletters to each of our first-aiders, updating them on any new developments in first aid, as well as topical information, skills refreshers and alerts about upcoming first aid events. On top of this, our free first aid apps are available to first-aiders and the public, which are available on Apple and Android devices.
By choosing us to provide your first aid at work training, you not only learn life-saving skills that could help your employees in an emergency, you can do it in the comfort of your own workplace. Not only this, but you will also be helping us to achieve our vision of a world where everyone gets the help they need in a crisis, with any profits made from our first aid courses (minus running costs) are filtered directly into our wider humanitarian work. With British Red Cross Training, you can train with a name you trust.
Topics: First Aid