Train Aid Ltd is set to offer free first aid training courses to members of the London community. The new initiative is set to start next spring, and will run outside on Clapham Common. The idea behind the concept is to try and reach out to the millions of people who have never been on such training. The recession has hit hard and many people cannot afford luxuries such as extra-curricular courses. The hope is that hosting practical led courses in an outside setting will also reach out to people who would previously have had no previous interest in the subject area.
Many communities within London have been hit very hard by the recession, and it has led to spiralling levels of unemployment. Generally people have less money at the end of the month, and subsequently cannot afford extra activities. This comes at a time when more people are being encouraged to get involved with first aid, yet offered no financial aid. Setting up a free course once a month gives people the opportunity to gain certification, and who knows it could lead to more lives being saved.
These types of courses are traditionally held in a classroom setting. This doesn’t have to be law however and with good weather the classroom could easily be transported outside. The type of person that the company is looking to attract may not be a traditionalist and it could be their first introduction to any type of training. Being outside can sometimes make people feel more relaxed and more open to learning. Train Aid’s policy of practical led courses should also add to the excitement.
The idea wad first devised by Tom Casserly who created the company in 2009. He was on hand to give an insight into his thought process:
"In simple terms more people need an introduction to first aid in the hope to save lives. In times of plenty the government may have been able to subsidise first aid training courses for the unemployed. However this will not be the case for many years so the hope is that initiatives like this will provide opportunity. We can only offer a small number of these courses as we have a specific business model. However we feel this is a first, and its more than most companies will be doing".
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