Firstly Happy New Year to all of our Members and particular those that we have not spoken to so far this year.
The key to our success has been to listen to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis.
FOFATO will give you (as it always has done) the personal touch and provide Advice and Guidance service, either by talking to you on the phone (which we prefer) or by sending out e mails to you on a regular basis.
FOFATO Membership (Fees reduced to those charged in 2007)
We will have just 2 Levels of Registration within FOFATO (now that the FOFATO Paediatric Register has moved under FAIB).
The first will be Training Provider Registration, where we have REDUCED the annual fee to its original price when FOFATO began in 2007 to just £60 + (VAT) .
The second will be an Individual Trainer/Assessor Registration which will remain at £20 + (VAT).
Please be aware that the Paediatric Register has now moved to the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB).
Finally please note that we have the facility to put a link on the FOFATO website and vice versa. If you wish us to put a link to your website please let us know.
Training Organisation Certificates
We have recently sent renewal letters to all our Members. Thank you to all those who have already renewed their Membership.
We will be sending out the renewal certificates electronically as soon as possible.
We have now sent out the majority of your 5 year certificates to all those Training Providers that have paid at least the first years monitoring charges. However if any Training Provider feels that a payment has been made and you have not received your certificate then please let us know as soon as possible.
FAIB/FOFATO National Trainer/Assessor Register
FOFATO has previously consulted with our Members regarding the creation of a National Trainer/Assessor Register. The feedback was positive and we now want to move ahead with this because we feel that this will ensure that every Trainer/Assessor has a good portfolio and a high level of competence. This will assist Training Providers in finding suitably qualified and competent Trainers/Assessors.
In relation to this register we would like Training Providers to work with FAIB in 2 areas.
Firstly we want to encourage our Training Providers to share information on the Annual Monitoring that must be conducted annually on every Trainer/Assessor (if that Trainer 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.
Secondly in order to increase the numbers on our Trainer/Assessor register we ask that our Training Providers encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.
In order to make you fully aware, the monitoring by our Inspectors within the First Aid Industry Body ( FAIB) will be different to those conducted by HSE. The FAIB visit will be mainly used to monitoring the competence (particularly in terms of up to date First Aid knowledge) of Trainers/Assessors rather than checking reams of paperwork which can be done electronically. We feel that is a good way to begin to improve the quality of Trainers/Assessors across the Industry.
This of course also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors. We are also aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standarised Training qualification in 2015. This is something that is giving us some concern and which we are looking into presently. We will seeking your views as well as giving our view upon this will be providing further information as soon as possible.
FOFATO will be holding a Conference alongside the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) AGM. The Conference will be held in September/October 2014 and will be in Stockport, Cheshire.
We will also be asking what our Training Providers want out of this Conference and what they want to see from FOFATO in future years.