FEDERATION OF FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (FOFATO) NEWSLETTER 3 (DECEMBER 2014)
Dear Training Provider,
Firstly I would like to wish our Registered Training Providers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
The interest in FOFATO and the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) is becoming bigger and better.
We are seeing the number of Training Providers who are joining FOFATO is increasing.
We know that the name of FOFATO is spreading quickly from Employer to Employer as a consequence of the link with FAIB.
We know that the key to our success will be listening to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis.
The FAIB/FOFATO National Trainer/Assessor Register and Professional Code of Conduct
We are also now getting much more interest in the FAIB/FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register and particularly since our Conference in October 2014. We aim to send out our proposals early in the New Year.
We would like Training Providers to work with us in 2 areas.
Firstly we want to encourage our Training Providers to share information on the Annual Monitoring that must be conducted on every Trainer/Assessor (if the Trainer/Assessor works for other Training Providers). This should be more efficient, save time and money and avoid duplication of monitoring which has occurred under the HSE system. FAIB will make available a generic monitoring form which is used by our Inspectors.
Secondly we ask that our Training Providers encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.
Qualifications of Trainers/Assessors (2015 and beyond)
The National Register of Trainers also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors and FAIB/FOFATO feel that this is critical in achieving the high standards that we want to see in this Industry.
We are aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standardised Training qualification in 2015 by the Awarding Bodies.
Within FOFATO we already know that the vast majority of Trainers/Assessors have the required qualifications and DO NOT need to go on another Trainer/Assessor course. This is an issue that we are currently taking up with HSE and the Ministers involved.
FOFATO have made very clear that we want to see competent Trainers/Assessors producing quality Training that in turns produces Confident and Competent First Aiders.
FOFATO will check that Trainers/Assessors have the relevant qualifications but also that they are regularly involved in Teaching First Aid and are being Annually monitored by competent and qualified Assessors.
Paediatric First Aid
You will all be aware that FAIB/FOFATO is currently conducting its own consultation about Paediatric First Aid. We have produced our own consultation form which has been sent out to all our Registered Training Providers.
We have already received back a number of these forms but we still need a lot more and particularly from Employers. Could Training Providers please pass on the Consultation form to their clients. If you require another Consultation form please let us know.
The closing date for return of the forms is now 31st January 2015.
Social Media Forums
There is more and more emphasis being placed on social media forums to circulate information about businesses and Industries.
First Aid is no different and there is now lots of information being circulated particularly on Linked In and Facebook some of which is not factually correct.
On Linked In, there are pages for Ian Kershaw, FOFATO and FAIB. We have also created a new group called First Aid Industry Body and we would like our Training Providers and Trainers to register with this group. We can then pass on information through this forum that is not only correct but relevant to FAIB.
We have also created Facebook pages for FAIB and FOFATO and again information has been put onto these forums (from non-FAIB/FOFATO Training Providers that is not factually correct, we ask our Training Providers to contribute with correct and relevant information. Please help us to get our views across the First Aid Industry.
Letters to Members of Parliament
You will all be aware that we have recently sent out information regarding a political campaign against the way that FAIB/FOFATO is being treated by HSE. The aim of this campaign is to achieve a meeting with the Minister(s) concerned.
We would like all of Registered Training Providers and Trainers to contact their Member of Parliament and consequently the Ministers involved. We have already sent to you a draft letter covering all the points of contention. If you require a copy of this letter then please let us know.
Links to FOFATO website
We have now started to put links onto our website for those that have requested us to do so. In return we ask that you put a link to our website. If any other Training Providers wish us to add links please let us know giving us details of your website.
Payment of FAIB Annual Subscriptions
There are still a number of Training Providers who have not paid their Annual Subscriptions . Please help us to keep costs down and save us time by ensuring payments are made on time.
We wish to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of FOFATO.
Once again we wish you a Merry Christmas as well as a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Ian Kershaw MBE
The Federation of First Aid Training Providers.