New lockdown measures introduced and what this means for our students
From Friday 23rd October, new restrictions will be in place as the Welsh Government 'firebreak' lockdown is introduced. These measures will be in force from Friday 23rd October, 18:00 until 00:01 on Monday 9th November.
How will this affect my booking?
From 6pm Friday our training centres will close but our customer support team will continue to be on hand to help!
This means all of our training courses due to take place on dates between Monday 26th October and Friday 6th November will need to be transferred to another date.
This can be done free of charge by contacting our team below.
It's important this is done as soon as possible to ensure your certificates remain valid.
To view all available course dates, please click below.
When will training centres reopen?
As is stands, our training centre will reopen on Monday 9th November.
Booked on to training for this date or any other date after Monday 9th November?
You don't need to transfer your booking.
Training on your premises
The lockdown also affects our training on your premises.
This means if you have booked on site training with us, you will need to transfer your booking to a different date.
Please email the team, to arrange for a new convenient date.
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time.
Our team will continue to be available throughout the lockdown where we'll be happy to support you and your workplace with your queries and bookings.
Workplace training remains a priority
As you’ll be aware, the Welsh Government has announced local lockdown restrictions in a number of counties across Wales, but you can still attend your training course with us!
Local lockdowns and workplace training
Workplace training and education is exempt from lockdown restrictions as both are classed as a 'reasonable excuse' by the Welsh Government.
Therefore, travelling outside of your area to attend your workplace training with us is permitted under the exemption guidance.
We do however, recommend that delegates/employers consult their local authority guidance as these may set different rules to Welsh Government.
Welsh Government Guidance
Everything you need to know about the new measures can be found below:
Our team is working really hard making sure our training centres continue to be safe and are ready to take care of you and your teams.
When will we be open for training?
Our training centres across Wales are now open and adhering to strict Welsh Government guidance.
The safety of our students is paramount and so if the Welsh Government advice changes, we will support this.
Further advice we will be following includes:
How will we be keeping you safe?
We've implemented the following measures to ensure you and your delegates will be safe in our training centres:
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked to not attend training - A free transfer to a future course will be provided
Hand sanitiser is readily available - all entering our centres will be asked to use
We may check your temperature before you enter our classrooms - making sure everyone is well and able to take part
Implemented strict social distancing measures - will be in place at all times
Reduced student numbers - making social distancing easier
Staggered break times - limiting the amount of people mixing
Maintaining rigorous manikin cleaning - all manikins contain a one way valve
Each student will have their own manikin for CPR practise - reducing the potential for cross contamination
Continuing to provide gloves - for relevant training sessions
Our trainers will remain socially distant from students
Face coverings will not be provided - however you are welcome to bring your own should you feel more comfortable. Masks/Face coverings must now be worn in all our venues, when in public areas such as corridors and reception areas.
This includes our Newport venue, so please bring your own, or you can purchase one from the venue at £1.00 if you forget.
But where can I train? What do I do if my certificate is going to expire soon?
Where can I train?
All our venues are open, please check our website for a full list. Website - https://training.stjohnwales.org.uk/
Which courses will I be able to book?
All of them! Our entire range of courses will be available to book.
Will you still be providing on site training?
Yes, providing you are able to meet and adhere to the required social distancing and infection control measures at your site.
Please note: minimum delegate numbers apply.
Where can I purchase first aid supplies?
Looking to stock up or replace expired supplies? We've got you covered!
We continue to supply first aid kits, defibrillators and more.
My certificate has expired or is about to, what can I do?
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) certificate extension
All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.
To qualify for the extension:
Employers must be able to demonstrate they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so.
For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses, if requested by an inspector.
More information about which certificates have been extended and how long for can be found on the HSE website:
Book early to avoid disappointment
As places on our training courses continue to fill quickly, we'd recommend you book your requalification earlier than the October deadline to avoid disappointment and limit skills fade.
What can I do to refresh my skills before I attend my next training course?
Our friends at St John Ambulance in England are giving first aiders free access to their online e-learning First Aid at Work annual update course for a limited time.
The e-learning course will help first aiders keep on top of their first aid skills, refresh their knowledge either in the workplace or at home until our face-to-face training courses resume.
Please note: The e-learning course doesn't replace or update your current qualification. You will still need to complete your requalification course for a new and valid certificate.
Why train with us?
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, our volunteers have been on the front line providing vital support in communities across Wales.
Thank you for your continued patience. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Welcome to St John Ambulance Cymru
Why choose St John Ambulance Cymru as your training provider?
Apart from training with a name you can trust to ensure your staff receive quality training we offer our customers...
- Free advice service, over the phone or we will come to you
- Your staff can attend at one of our conveniently located training centres or we will come to you and train on your premises
- Qualified trainers who can draw on their personal first aid and health and safety experience
- All inclusive costs - no hidden extras
- Full range of courses and supplies - your one-stop shop
- We send you reminders when your staff are due to renew their certificates.
- Online booking system, so you can check availability and book instantly at a click of a button
- We have your back - if your staff use their first aid skills outside the workplace when your insurance doesn't cover them, we will.
Did you know?
Profits from the sale of our training courses and supplies help fund our charitable work, including:
- Community and Schools first aid training
- Running youth programmes, where children and young people can be taught the skills they need to save a life as well as developing their personal and professiional skills
When choosing to train with St John Ambulance Cymru you'll get exceptional service, be supporting your community and you'll be meeting your corporate social responsibility goals!