Updated 9th October 2020
Welcome to our updated joining instructions page. This page provides details about how we’re running “Covid-Secure” courses, as well as everything that you need to bring, wear or do before your course starts.
Please note that Education & Training is unaffected by the current local, regional and national restrictions in respects to attending and travelling to and from their classes / lessons. Staff that are placed on Furlough via the Job Retention Scheme may attend training. The UK Government gives clear advice here, Learners and staff are required to wear masks in lessons to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 at times where Social Distancing and where Environmental Conditions do not allow for free flow of outdoor air.
What You Need to Know
As a leading UK Training Provider, we welcome new and old clients aboard to their individual learning and development pathway. Many students joining us return year after year courses after course.
We are pleased to have retrained the World renowned Lee Farmer International Mountain Leader and Everest Summiteer. this year. Another high profile client that has enjoyed our training is Kenton Cool who has summited Everest 14 times to date. Read his bio here.
We’ve listed a number of points below that we need to bring to your attention before the start of your course. Should you have any questions about these, please don’t hesitate to get in contact via the contact form at the end of this page.
General information for all courses
Our courses are open to anyone aged 16 years plus. Some courses have a lower age limit such as Education & Training, where a learner is required to be aged 19 plus. This will be clearly displayed on the the related pages. Therefore we will are required to see an ‘approved’ form of identification for you at the start of your course. This is the case irrespective of whether the course is being held at our training centres or at your venue. This is vital, as without it you won’t be allowed to undertake the end of course assessment or gain your certificate/qualification as proof of person is required.
Please bring with you at least 1 form of photographic identification, or if this isn’t available, 2 forms of non-photographic identification can be produced. Acceptable forms of photographic I.D. (1 required) are:
Clothing, Beverages & General Etiquette
We expect employers and their employees to adopt a practical nature to their learning and development, while remaining within any respective Regulatory guidelines, such as Ofsted and EYFS staff or any workplace Health & Safety Legalisation.
Therefore we give some simple examples of what TO wear and what NOT to wear to our training. Clothing that can be seen through, up or down is not recommended. Footwear needs to be flat and sturdy. Lipstick in NOT permitted when attending our first aid training, this is unhygienic in regards to manikin cleaning and to fellow delegate safety. We strongly recommend that employers and their employees adopt natural nails only, that are kept short and clean at all times. This prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria in classes and within the workplace generally. It also further prevents injury when an employee is performing their first aid duties and where long nails may get ripped off or snagged on PPE equipment such as first aid gloves, thus exposing an employee and their casualty to potential infection. This goes with jewellery on fingers, around the neck and facial adornments, these may become trapped or harbour infection when performing first aid duties when in close proximity to the ill or injured in the workplace. We expect an employer to engage with their employees as to what duties are required for those putting themselves forward in terms of providing first aid cover in the workplace and inline with the HSE Guidance. For those working in the EYFS and providing first aid cover as part of their licence to practice, have clear guidance placed on them by their regulator as to what is an acceptable dress code.
Smoking is not permitted at any of our own training venues, those wishing to smoke are required to leave our premises to do so at the agreed permitted break times. Students wishing to smoke are to follow local bylaws on disposing of waste in the locality. It is an offence to drop litter in any part of Great Britain.
Each days learning usually consists of 6 to 8 hours of learning with an additional hour above this allocated for 2 30 minute breaks.
We provide light beverages only at each venue. Students are required to bring own packed lunches.
Outdoor, Forest Schools Forestry + F and Activity First Aid Courses
As most people joining the above already work out of doors, we recommended that you bring suitable and sufficient amounts of clothing for the time of year. We run these courses year round and as experts in their own right we expect learners to make their own judgements on what to bring, but if unsure to get in touch below.
The academic courses we offer specifically in Education and Training only usually require classroom based learning sitting at your PC. However some of these courses have the requirement for students to demonstrate and practice ones own teaching delivery. We would therefore expect the student being assessed to have the right and correct level of workwear on, for example a motor workshop technician conducting a work based teaching session to have the correct level of PPE worn. Another example would be a outdoor instructor having the correct level of outdoor clothing & PPE worn.
Specific assessment methods for your course will be discussed at the start of the course. Typically these include practical and written/multiple choice assessment. You will be required to undertake and pass these, in order for you to pass the course and qualify for you certificate.
Our academic courses require us to pre-screen a potential learners ability to complete the learning being offered. Therefore learners may be required to submit pervious qualifications gained such as A Levels or Degrees. This ensures the learner is applying for the righ course.
Reasonable adjustments to assessments for learners
Should a learner have the need us to make reasonable adjustments for any physical impairments, allergies, learning needs, or having English or Welsh as a second language, etc, please get in touch with us ASAP as we may need to discuss these with the Awarding Organisation, Trade Body or Union (where appropriate) several weeks in advance of the course assessment date.
We make your and our health and safety as a priority at all times. This now include protecting you and us from the new Corona Virus (Cov-SARS -19) known widely as Covid-19, which was officially declared within the population from March 23rd 2020. The fast paced changes as how to work safely is evolving at times daily. Our management team meet daily to review the current legal position on providing safe and secure working spaces. These working spaces include our head office, our classrooms, any client sites we deliver training at and of course for those working from home who are able to are also included in our Covid-19 Secure assessment. We do this by following the Health & Safety Executives guidelines for employers on making our workplace COVID secure in the following ways:
It gives an overview of the things we have done to help make your work and workplace COVID-secure by performing the following:
Carrying our Risk assessments
Maintaining Social distancing
Increasing our Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing
Sharing this information with our tutors and provide information
Working from home when we can
Supporting Vulnerable workers
At the time of entering your class, we are required to ask you to complete a self declaration as to your wellness at that time. We only store this information for 21 days as currently expected. It is then securely destroyed. You may also activate depending which nation you are located in the Track & Trace app.
Read our full position on how we and you can remain Covid Secure at Work here >>
Track & Trace
We request that all learners monitor their health before and after their course.
If you believe that you may have contracted Covid-19 within a period of 14 days from the course conclusion (i.e. the last day of face to face training) then you are required to notify us immediately.
Ideally (when available) you will be using the government phone app to support this ability to inform other learners of their potential exposure to risk. However, our manual process provides a ‘fail safe’ and supports those learners who do not have access to the required technology.
Should we receive information that someone on your course has developed symptoms within 14 days, we will notify you, the trainer and any other individuals who may have been in close proximity to that person of the possible exposure risk. You are then required to follow the current Public Health guidance in place.
Blended learning courses
Blended learning is an accepted form of adult learning, whereby a learner may complete some learning on-line prior to joining an instructor or Trainer in the classroom setting. This is usually where an assessment of practical demonstration is required, for example a leaner has been booked by their employer on to the HSE accepted route for a workplace First Aider to complete their theory and knowledge on line. This where the current first aider is required to renew their current certificate by attending the 3-year two-day renewal course. Their employer books them to complete the 6 hours of HSE accepted on-line learning, then attends their classroom assessment lasting 6 hours within 10 weeks of completing the above. Another example is where a person working in a early years setting is required to hold a 12 Paediatric First Aid certificate. Their organisation, may book them on to the Ofsted accepted blended course whereby they complete 6 hours of on-line theory and knowledge, followed by the required 6 hours of classroom based learning and assessment.
Another example is where an employer or organisation books a learner or learners to join our Initial Person on Scene (RQF) responder course. Learners may complete our approved 12 hours of on-line learning before attending the three-days classroom based learning and assessment. Again this learning must be completed and achieved within 10 weeks of completing the on-line learning.