First aid courses are an important part of life. They can help you to save lives when accidents happen and give you the skills you need to provide basic medical assistance in emergency situations. In this blog post, we will discuss what first aid courses are, when first aid training can be used in workplaces and social situations, and how good first aid courses can benefit businesses. We will also provide a few tips on how to choose the right first aid course for your needs.

Types of First Aid

There are different types of first aid course which can be undertaken. First up, there are general first aid courses and Basic Life Support courses which are often used in the public domain. Workplace first aid courses are designed for company employees where First Aid training is compulsory under Health & Safety legislation and most industries/sectors will have specific hazards that they need to be aware of. Social first aid courses are tailored for those who want to know how to help their friends and family in an emergency situation. Finally, there are Paediatric First Aid courses which focus on providing medical assistance to children.


Ashtree specialises in providing first aid training courses for your business, training your employees at your workplace. We offer a wide range of courses, from one day Emergency First Aid at Work courses to three-day comprehensive First Aid at Work courses. We also offer bespoke courses such as First Aid in Social Care and First Aid in Schools, these are based on the accredited Emergency First Aid at Work but include specific injuries / conditions which are common in these sectors. The advantage of having face to face first aid training for your employees at your business is that our team of experienced instructors can talk to your delegates to get a feel of what you do & tailor the course to your specific needs and requirements.


First aid training is vital for businesses, as it can help to protect your employees and ensure that they are able to provide basic medical assistance in emergency situations. All businesses should have a first aid policy in place, which should be backed up by adequate first aid training for their employees refreshed every 3 years.


Ways to Study

There are different ways to study first aid.  Lots of people like in person training, with a “hands on” approach. This is a great way to learn, but it can be expensive and time consuming. If you’re short on time or money, online courses might be the better option for you. Online first aid courses are cheaper and more flexible but be aware these courses are theory only with no hands-on training. It’s important to do your research before signing up for an online course, make sure that if you need it to be accredited & recognised the course includes an element of face to face training where the practical parts of the course are demonstrated and you are assessed for competence, your certificate must state compliance with the Health & Safety regulations. You are not a “first aider” unless you have passed the theory AND practical elements of a recognised training course.

When choosing a first aid course, it’s important to consider your needs and what you hope to get out of the training. If you’re looking for workplace first aid training, then it’s important to choose a course which is tailored to those specific needs, it may be non-accredited or accredited. Finally, if you’re looking for paediatric first aid training, make sure that the course is accredited and has been designed specifically for working with children.

Workplace learning opportunities are often offered by employers through training days, events and other training opportunities, whether they are skills relevant to our jobs and careers, or workplace safety and health-based courses.  It is so important for employees to have workplace skills which can be relied upon in times of emergency!


Many employers offer their staff the chance to learn basic first aid through either a face to face instructor, or through some form of e-learning course.  First aid is an essential skill to have, as knowing some basic emergency practices can potentially save a life.  Especially in jobs which involve the use of machinery, or perhaps caring for children, first aid is vital in ensuring staff and other people in the building are safe.  Ashtree Management offer a wide range of workplace health and safety courses, including first aid courses – perfect for helping your staff to be more aware of the different skills required to save lives.


Fire risk is another key area which many employers choose to train their staff in.  It is written into the law that employers must train their staff in the procedures in case of a fire at work, so it makes sense for employers to offer some form of fire safety training too.  Our fire safety courses are a fantastic introduction for beginners and those who need a refresher in the skills of fire safety.  Having staff who know some basic and essential skills could mean the difference between life and death in some situations.  Thankfully, a great number of us will never need to use our knowledge in a dangerous situation, but would you know how to use a fire extinguisher safely?


Other areas of health and safety at work include safe manual handling (lifting and moving heavy objects safely), risk assessment, hygiene and even stress awareness.  There are so many areas which staff can be trained in to make your workplace safer, more productive and happier for your employees.  Take a look through our extensive wokrplace learning course list to see what we could offer for your workplace training!