6 February 2013
In the biggest upheaval of First Aid Training in over 30 years the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park, national ‘home’ of the Army Cadet Force, has just delivered the first of the new First Aid awards. 2013 sees the Health & Safety Executive withdraw from the monitoring and approval of first aid at work. Under new regulations to take effect in the autumn training providers will be able to certificate first aid training without being approved by the Health & Safety Executive. In advance of the new regulations the Health & Safety Executive have approved an alternative way to deliver first aid through accredited awarding organisations from the National Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). The QCF First Aid at Work qualification carries 3 credits at Level 3 (broadly GCE A level).
The Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) was the first training provider in the UK to be approved to deliver the new QCF First Aid at Work qualification. On 3 and 4 February 34 adult volunteers were the first to complete the new awards and be presented with their certificates. Three adult volunteers were the first ever to be awarded the Scottish SVQ First Aid at Work certificates.
ACFA registered as a Centre with Future Awards in 2009 to deliver teaching certificates to first aid trainers. Since then some 120 adult volunteers have received prestigious nationally accredited teaching qualifications. Now ACFA are all set to deliver around 100 of the new Level 3 First Aid at Work qualifications every year.
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sharkey, Chairman of ACFA’s National First Aid Panel and Course Director said “we have always aimed to ensure that Frimley Park is a Centre of Excellence in first aid training. We led the way in awarding NVQs to trainers, have piloted new first aid products and are delighted to be able to offer these brand new and prestigious first aid qualifications through Future Awards”.
Chris Young, the Chief Executive of Future Awards, said that Future was delighted to be able to support qualifications for the Army Cadet Force and not only did the new awards lead the way but he was looking forward to developing more new initiatives to give affordable valuable skills and qualifications to the young people and adult volunteers of the Army Cadet Force.