As the month ends, trained staff numbers go up

Another week in 2018 has finished, but more candidates have received training from us at Sweet Training. This week, we have trained 43 staff in various qualifications required and recommended to keep workplaces safe.

On Monday 19th, I was asked to complete a renewal for a lifeguard at the Sports Centre at Sevenoaks school. Lifeguards must re-qualify every 2 years and must prove they have 20 hours of competency training before doing so. It was clear to see the candidate I assessed had completed the 20 hours, even if I hadn't checked the paper documents. Another 2 years qualified for the candidate, and hopefully the high standards will continue.

On Tuesday 20th, I had 2 Lifeguard Competency Training sessions, one in the early hours and one in the late hours. I was at Swanbourne House School in Buckinghamshire for a 7:00-9:00 session and there were some new faces. The school held an NPLQ course the week before for their new gap students from Australia and they were keen and up for the task. 8 candidates, some new, some I had seen before, all performing really well and demonstrating good skills and knowledge. Then from 19:00-21:00, I was at the Royal County of Berkshire Health and Racquets Club in Bracknell to deliver Lifeguard Competency Training there. I had 6 candidates all of who again demonstrated excellent competence and demonstrated great knowledge. I also got the chance to give Andre his prize. Last month we ran a CPR competition which Andre came joint top with a CPR score of 99%. As a result, for being a Hero, he was presented with some Heroes for his efforts.

On Wednesday 21st, I was in Poole at the David Lloyd Club to deliver their lifeguard competency training. They have 2 sessions and although both sessions contained excellent candidates, there was a noticeable event during the lunchtime session. This month at David Lloyd clubs, I have been running a challenge and this months challenge was a "Rescue Relay". Lifeguards have to perform 4 rescues and they are timed. However, should the lifeguard make an error or do something that can be deemed as unsafe, they would face a time penalty weakening their chances of the monthly prize. The leading time was from Dom at David Lloyd Peterborough with a time of 59 seconds. However, there is a new name at the top of the leader board. Tom Perry of David Lloyd Poole now holds the top spot, but only just making a time of 58 seconds. With one club remaining, will Tom still be at the top come month end. We also got the chance to say well done to Fliss, Nat and Kearin who came top of their club in the CPR challenge last month.

On Friday 23rd, I delivered an Emergency First Aid at Work Course for a group at the Royal County of Berkshire Health and Racquets Club. There were 3 tennis coaches from the club, a tennis coach from Shiplake Lawn Tennis Club and a Group Exercise Instructor. All of the candidates had previous First Aid experience as it is a requirement for their insurance, but with their last qualifications expiring 3 years ago, a lot has changed in First Aid since then. It was interesting hearing about their experiences being from either different backgrounds or locations. Although First Aid Courses are important and great, sometimes they don't account for different working environments and answer questions if certain scenarios happen. This is down to the trainer to give advice and support to candidates and this was my aim for this course. We had great fun with the practical elements as all the candidates knew each other and were close, but the fun didn't get in the way of their ability to demonstrate more than capable elements like CPR, bandaging and place a casualty in the recovery position. Congratulations to all the candidates on passing their course.

On Saturday 24th, I was asked to deliver the 1st day of a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid course for the Co-Operative Childcare Nursery in Wood Green on behalf of First Response Training. 12 candidates, most with previous experience in First Aid. All worked at that site, but most had worked at other sites previously, and some within other nursery companies. Despite being a Saturday, all were engaged and willing to do what they knew was a necessary requirement for their workplace. Congratulations to all the candidates for passing Day 1, best of luck on Day 2 next week.

So another week goes by, and more staff feel confident and qualified in keeping their workplace safe. If you feel you could benefit from some workplace safety courses, or if you feel that you could benefit from some First Aid knowledge, then contact us at enquiries@sweet-training.co.uk or visit the Contact Us tab on our website.

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