COVID-19 Updates

by | 20 Mar 2020 | News


Training update – 20 March 2020

In accordance with the current government advice in relation to the coronavirus emergency, especially that of the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills with regards to the cessation of group training courses, we have taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone all open courses due to take place between 20 March and 18 April 2020.

We will continue to stay abreast of the government advice, and an extension to this period may become necessary.

Those affected by the postponements will receive automated cancellation notifications by email, and we will be in touch in due course to make alternative bookings for future courses.

Specific guidance has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive in relation first aid certificates that are due to expire. Information is also available for courses that may have already commenced, but have not yet concluded. Please read on for details.


Extension of first aid qualifications due for renewal

The HSE has announced that they will be offering a three-month extension to the validity of the following qualifications if learners are unable to renew due to COVID-19 and associated government advice:

  • First Aid at Work  
  • Emergency First Aid at Work  
  • Paediatric First Aid  
  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid  

This means that individuals who may be covering first aid within a workplace holding any of the qualifications stated above can continue their role as first aiders for up to three months following the expiry date stated on their qualification certificate.

This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020. The HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.  

The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.


Extension of maximum qualification delivery times

Any course or qualification delivered over a series of sessions that usually has a maximum delivery period (for example, a compliance course that should have no more than four weeks between the start and end date) has had these maximum timeframes relaxed.

If you have started a qualification but have been unable to complete it due to coronavirus, please be assured that when the situation is back to normal you will be able to complete the qualification and/or assessment from where you left off.

As restrictions are due to be in place for a significant period of time, we will ensure that a thorough recap is built into the training when it is resumed, and any assessment undertaken will be repeated.