First aid and remote learning… how does it work?

We fully understand that the current climate means that greater flexibility is needed in terms of the way that training is delivered. In recent weeks, we have received lots of enquiries in relation to online first aid training – whether it can replace traditional classroom courses, and what the options are around delivery.

To answer these questions, we wanted to shine the spotlight on our blended learning options for first aid training, and address some of the myths surrounding online learning.

Hopefully you will find the following helpful, but if you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact our advice line.

 

How does blended learning work for first aid?

Blended learning is an approach that combines online delivery and resources with traditional classroom-based training. The online element can include a mixture of self-paced eLearning (that can be completed at any time) and/or live ‘virtual classroom’ sessions.

Edenfield’s blended first aid courses uniquely incorporate all three of these approaches. Delegates are taught for both the face-to-face and online modules by the same Trainer/Assessor (with a choice of platforms including Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Cisco WebEx), and are able to work through a suite of comprehensive resources via our bespoke eHub learning platform.

The contents of our blended first aid courses is exactly the same as our face-to-face courses, and attendees will receive the same nationally recognised qualifications and certificates.

 

Can all of the training take place online?

The short answer to this question is… ‘no’. Neither the HSE or DfE recognise online learning as a substitute for face-to-face training. This is due to the highly practical nature of the subject, and the need for learners to demonstrate their assessment and approach to a range of scenarios.

There are a number of providers offering ‘fully online’ alternatives to first aid courses. This is concerning, as settings and workplaces opting for these solutions (in good faith) may find themselves non-compliant with their statutory responsibilities.

The table below summarises the UK’s main workplace first aid qualifications, along with the amount of time that can be completed online…

 

Emergency First Aid at Work Paediatric First Aid First Aid at Work First Aid at Work Renewal

6 hrs / 1 day
total duration

Online:
2 hours

12 hrs / 2 days
total duration

Online:
6 hrs / 1 day

18 hrs / 3 days
total duration

Online:
6 hrs / 1 day

12 hrs / 2 days
total duration

Online:
6 hrs / 1 day

 

Let us help

By working with us, you can be confident that your staff are receiving the highest quality, nationally recognised training (that full complies with relevant legislation and regulations), delivered in a friendly and relaxed way.

Our blended learning courses allow you to reduce classroom time, and enable delegates to study at their own pace, whilst still having the support of our qualified, experienced Trainer/Assessors.

In addition to the first aid qualifications listed above, we are also able to deliver a whole host of other courses and workshops (such as defibrillation, asthma, epilepsy and anaphylaxis awareness). 

The face-to-face classroom element of the training is fully COVID-secure, and can take place on a date or time to suit you, including daytimes, twilight or evening sessions. On average, our course fees are over 50% less than the UK’s two largest national providers.

If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact our advice line.

by | 15 Feb 2021 | News