Training during COVID
Government guidance is changing regularly, please check back here for any updates.
We are continuing to deliver our essential training courses, which save lives in the workplace and eases the strain on the NHS.
Lateral Flow Tests
In line with the latest Government Guidelines we are encouraging staff and delegates on our courses to undertake routine testing using lateral flow tests to identify any individuals who may be asymptomatic.
All delegates are strongly encouraged to take part in the national lateral flow testing (LFT) scheme and take a test prior to attending a training course.
LFT testing kits can be ordered from the link below:
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend training and contact our customer service team at: email@example.com or at short notice call us on 03456 785646
Maximum number of delegates
We have reviewed the maximum number of delegates attending our courses and have reduced this in line with the specific venue, room size and the type of course, to ensure there is enough space for the training to take place safely.
We are also continuing to stagger course breaktimes, to limit the number of people mixing.
When you arrive for your course, you may have to wait outside the venue until your host is ready to sign you in. We will try to make this process as quick as possible, as we are aware the weather could be inclement especially at this time of the year.
Ventilation during winter months
We will partially open windows and doors to provide acceptable ventilation. Where possible we will open higher-level windows to hopefully create fewer draughts. In training rooms relying on natural ventilation, we will air the space by opening windows and doors as fully as possible to provide additional fresh air when people leave the room for a break.
We recommend that you wear extra layers and warmer clothing for your course in case the area is cold.
Other safety measures remain
We're continuing to follow all government guidelines and we're applying additional safety measures at each of our training centres.
Do you have any Covid symptoms?
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend training and instead inform us by giving our team a call on 0345 678 5646
You can find the full list of measures below.
How will we be keeping you safe?
We've implemented the following extra 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.
We have reduced the maximum number of delegates – Limiting the maximum numbers in our smaller venues, to enable the training to safely take place.
Hand sanitiser is readily available - All entering our centres will be asked to use this.
We may check your temperature before you enter our classrooms - Making sure everyone is well and able to take part.
You will be asked to wear a mask - Masks must be worn when moving around the building.
Staggered break times - Limiting the amount of people mixing.
Maintaining rigorous manikin cleaning - All manikins are sanitised after each use.
Continuing to provide gloves - For relevant training sessions.
Will rescue breaths be taught on first aid courses?
St John Ambulance Cymru are members of The First Aid Quality Partnership, who have released the below statement:
In response to the increased prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and the increased transmission of the new variants, the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) and HSE supports the position of Resuscitation Council UK that practical demonstration of rescue breaths may be omitted from first aid training courses, as a precautionary measure while CoVid transmission rates remain high.
As of 17th February 2021, due to the high transmission rates of COVID-19, St John Ambulance Cymru has taken the decision to temporarily, cease physical demonstration and assessment of rescue breaths on our first aid courses. We will continue to teach the theory of rescue breaths, but without the physical demonstration. This is a temporary change and will be reviewed regularly.
Due to the evidence surrounding the importance of rescue breaths for children, we will continue to demonstrate and assess rescue breaths on our assessed paediatric first aid courses.
Training on your premises
We are still able to offer training at your premises, as long as your Organisation is currently allowed to be open.
Your premises must meet the current government guidelines. In addition all course attendees may be asked to wear a mask when moving around the classroom. If you have a booking in place but feel your premises is not appropriate to use, please contact the team asap on 0345 678 5646 or email Training@sjacymru.org.uk
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend the training.
What if I have booked on a training course, but I can’t make it now?
Courses are in high demand at the moment. If you know you are not going to be able to attend the course please let us know ASAP before the course.
Call 0345 678 5646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When will we be open for training?
Our training centres across Wales are now open and adhering to Welsh Government guidance.
The safety of our delegates is paramount and so if the Welsh Government advice changes, we will support this.
Further advice we will be following includes:
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, although you should only book onto training that is a required part of the work or operation of your business (e.g. is necessary for compliance with health and safety or other legislation).
Will you still be providing on-site training?
Yes, providing you are able to meet and adhere to the latest government guidelines.
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, PPE and more.
My certificate has expired or is about to, what can I do?
You should book a course to renew your certificate as soon as possible. If your certificate expired some time ago and are not sure which course you need to book, our Customer Service Team can help. Call us on 0345 678 5646 or email us at email@example.com.
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.
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 professional 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!