Firstly I want to thank all those FOFATO Members who have renewed their certificates following our recent reminders.
We are now getting a lot more enquiries and lots more interest in joining FOFATO, particularly from some of the smaller Training Providers (who perhaps require more personal assistance than some of the larger Training Providers), which of course is one of the main reasons FOFATO was formed some 7 years ago.
Those who have recently renewed their Membership should have now received their new certificates. If anybody who has paid and not received their certificates then please let us know .
In relation to renewal of your Membership several Training Providers have asked if this can be done by Standing Order just like the procedure that we have for payments for the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB). We will now set up this option and attached a Standing Order form with your renewal invoice.
As previously mentioned, the key to our success has been to listen to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis and please remember we are always happy to take phone calls.
FOFATO will give you (as it always has done) the personal touch and provide Advice and Guidance service.
Remember that we can also put a link from our Website to your website and vice versa, just let us know if you are interested in this facility.
Please be aware that the Paediatric Register has now moved to the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) and your name will be removed from the FOFATO Paediatric Register once it expires.
FOFATO National Trainer/Assessor Register
We are also getting much more interest in the FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register.
We check the credentials of each and every Trainer/Assessor who wishes to join this register. This ensures that every Trainer/Assessor will have 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 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 we ask that our Training Providers encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.
Monitoring of Trainers/Assessors
In relation to the FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register please be aware that the monitoring by our Inspectors within the First Aid Industry Body ( FAIB) will be different to those conducted by HSE. The FAIB Inspectors 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 aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standarised Training qualification in 2015. We have already had concerns expressed to us about this and is an area that were are starting to look into.
Use of LOGOS
Any paid up member of FOFATO is entitled to use the FOFATO logo for their own use on certificates, letterhead and websites. The logo is a download from the FOFATO website.
As a Member of FOFATO whether as an individual or Training Organisation you will be able buy FOFATO products at discounted prices (usually some of the best in the First Aid Industry). Over the next few months we will be sending out further information on our range of products.
Annual Conference/AGM/CPD Event
FOFATO will be holding a Conference alongside the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) AGM. The Conference will be held around September/October 2014 in Stockport, Cheshire.
We will also be asking what our Members want out of this Conference.