First aid at work trial launched in Berwick

St John Ambulance is set to introduce workplace first aid training in Berwick for the first time to train more life-savers.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 1:52 pm
St John Ambulance is set to introduce workplace first aid training in Berwick for the first time to train more life savers in Northumberland.

The charity will trial training courses for businesses in the local area for one day per week at its Berwick Day Care Centre on Tweed Street, which it has operated for 18 years.

Businesses in Berwick and surrounding areas will now be able to access emergency first aid at work and fire marshall workplace courses at the centre on Wednesdays, when service users do not access the venue.

It is hoped to extend the suite of training courses available if there is a demand from local companies.

St John Ambulance trained more than 3,200 first aiders in Newcastle last year and this new location helps the charity extend its offering to businesses locally who may have had to travel to the city to access training.

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Andrew Moon, regional training manager, St John Ambulance workplace training division, said: “We have been looking for a new venue in the area that would be accessible and appealing to local businesses and using our existing day care centre venue on a day it would ordinarily be closed allows us to save costs. Also, use of the building supports running costs for day care.

“Offering a new training facility in Berwick means that our courses are easily reached and we hope it will encourage employers to help their staff learn the skills that can help them be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Importantly, there are numerous examples of people who have been sent on workplace first aid courses only to find their skills have helped them to save the life of a family member, someone in their own community or act confidently in an emergency situation.”

To find out more call 0844 770 4800 or book online at www.sja.org.uk/training