Train Aid Ltd Continues To Run Courses Through HABC
February 06, 2013 Education News(PRLEAP.COM) Train Aid Ltd intend to run its first aid courses from January 2013 onwards through HABC, who are an awarding organisation registered and regulated by Ofqual. The move will apply to all first aid at work courses that the company run. The qualifications currently sit on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and are approved by HSE GB and HSE NI. The government have now favoured an Ofqual model, which should open up the market place, and allow greater flexibility for businesses enrolling their staff on first aid courses.
High standards have been maintained on courses through the HSE approval mechanism. This ensured that companies adhered to the expected standard when delivering their training through a process of external moderation. However the actual process was quite costly and further limited the consumer's ability to select a reasonably priced course. The recent Lord Lofsted report was initiated by the government, and concluded that the HSE approval system should be removed for the benefit of all.
What this means is that from April 2013 any business or individual can choose a training provider from anywhere in the marketplace. Naturally this increases their choice and opens up the marketplace to new providers. Organisations from this date will simply need to select a suitable training provider, which can provide a course from an experienced & qualified instructor.
Many training providers are concerned that standards could actually end up falling within the industry. The problem lies in the fact that theoretically anyone can now provide first aid at work courses and claim the content to be reputable. More and more companies like Train aid will look to run their courses through awarding bodies in order to prove that their training meets a certain standard. It looks like it will replicate and replace the old HSE approval scheme. Train Aid's Bill Casserley was on hand to provide his view point:
"Everyone within the industry was understandably concerned when the review was published from Lord Loftsed. However after having some time to deliberate over the findings I think it all makes sense. The most important people within the industry are the consumers who are purchasing the courses. This new system gives them more flexibility and will ultimately save them more money".