Welsh firm blazing a trail with revolutionary BTEC approved first aid training method
A Welsh firm is targeting rapid growth following its development of a new product which it says will transform the way first aid training is delivered across the UK.
In an exclusive partnership with Pearson Work Based Learning the UK’s leading educational Awarding Organisation, Emergency Medical Training ltd (EMT), a Cardiff Bay-based first aid training provider, has pioneered a new training package which will cut the amount of time learners need to spend in a classroom from three days to one.
Benefiting from a BTEC/EDI national award, learners undertaking the e-learning package will undertake four hours’ online training – which can be carried out in sections in the workplace - followed by a half day practical assessment.
The firm - whose team includes an ex-paramedic who’s attended around 17,000 999 calls - says the new delivery model will be more efficient and cost-effective and will offer a more rigorous method of assessment.
EMT Director, Rob Thomas, said: "In a nutshell, our new service model raises quality by ensuring that both theoretical knowledge and practical skills are assessed far more rigorously than the current model. Our qualification will be available as a BTEC which assures learners that the qualification they will gain is fully approved by the Health and Safety Executive and recognised within the UK and internationally.
“The delivery model also offers businesses substantial savings as it reduces the time away from work by 66 per cent for staff undergoing training. Quite simply, the new model’s aim is to improve quality and accessibility at a massively reduced cost and, at a time when we need to help grow our economy, we are sure this will be of significant benefit.”
Gwyn Howell, EMT's Director of Technology said: "The online model we have developed is consistent with cloud-based application technology and it offers many benefits to individual and corporate users alike.”
Paul Wilkins, EMT Director said:" I am very confident that we have developed a product where the materials for learning are first-class and the online assessment strategy reflects the very best of research-based methodology available. As a former frontline clinical professional who attended over 16,500 999 calls, I have no doubt that our new service will improve the knowledge and availability of first aiders in this country in a way which will make them confident to make a life-saving intervention in the first aid scenario if needed. Our society has been crying out for this for many years"
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All businesses regardless of size must make adequate first aid arrangements for their staff. Approximately 3 million people per year are trained in first aid in the UK. EMT, a Welsh company pioneered the first UK course for online Basic Life Support now widely.
EMT website: www.emergencymedicaltraining.com
For further information please contact
Office tel: 02920 504100
Paul Wilkins EMT Director: 07415 122862
Rob Thomas EMT Director: 07951 631141