Why you need a Fire Warden in your work place.

The important role that fire wardens play in ensuring your business is prepared for a fire emergency should not be underestimated. Along with your emergency plan, fire wardens are an important role to ensure that your workplace is prepared should an emergency like a fire occur.

While there is no requirement set in law to have fire wardens, it is important to appoint fire wardens to ensure that you meet your health and safety obligations in relation to emergency plans and procedures.

what does a fire warden do?

  • Regular fire risk assessments.
  • Fire prevention procedures to be carried out throughout the day.
  • Maintenance of fire emergency systems, including alarms, lighting and other safety features.
  • Maintenance of firefighting equipment, including the extinguishers.
  • Nominate and train competent persons to assist with the fire evacuation.
  • Provide information to staff and relevant people.
  • Produce a fire emergency plan.

Correct Fire warden training is crucial for a safe work environment, We offer a great online course to train your staff that are looking to become a designated Fire Marshal. Check it out here: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/fire-marshall-training.asp

 

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Dementia: What you need to know.

  1. Dementia is not just a part of getting older

The majority of people with dementia are over 65 however it isn’t a normal part of getting older. It’s not just older people that develop dementia, in the UK over 40,000 people under 65 have dementia.

2. There’s more to it than just memory loss.

Dementia is mainly associated with memory loss however it affects everyone differently.  This might include changes in behavior, confusion and disorientation, delusions and hallucinations, difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances and even cravings for particular foods.

3.  Investment in dementia research is still low.

Combined government and charity investment in dementia research is 6.4 times lower than cancer research. Putting more  investment in dementia research to raise it to a similar level will help to find a much-needed cure.

4. Dementia is a global issue.

It was a common myth that dementia was only an issue in the western hemisphere but actually, the largest increases in dementia expected over the next 20 years are actually in places like China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dementia affects 46.8 million people worldwide.

You can help. Dementia research desperately needs volunteers to help find new treatments and prevention. They also need people to understand the condition and spread awareness.

Visit our website today and complete our Dementia Awareness course:  http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Dementia.asp

Benefits to providing end-of-life care training

End of life care is for people who are nearing the end of life. The goal is to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life.

End of life care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual effects. Treatment will involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that specialist teams believe will help their patients.

As this is such a sensitive time for patients and families it is important for carers to be trained correctly in order to help the best they can.

  • Staff that have been trained correctly will be confident and competent in delivering end-of-life care that will ensure that the needs of patients and those closest to them are met well.
  • Supporting staff with training and education can help to sustain their health and well being at work and support them whilst providing care in difficult and emotionally demanding settings.
  • Training can be linked to business needs, for example, improving quality of care, ward productivity and efficiency.
  • You can maximize staff potential by providing them with skills that can be transferable to all care settings.

Visit our website to find out more about the courses we have to offer: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Palliative-Care.asp

 

Managing Conflict At Work

No one likes the idea of colleagues arguing in the workplace, but it does happen and can often lead to bigger problems if not resolved.

So how do you manage conflict at work?

Start by working out who is causing the issue and why, it could just be a clash of personalities or someone bringing personal issues to work. Conflict between work colleagues can often lead to accusations of bullying or harassment.

A good way to manage conflict between members of staff  is to separate them and have a private word with each individual. This would be classed as the informal stage, if the incident was more serious it would be best to move to the formal stage. The formal stage would be where the manager or senior member of staff has to follow internal procedures.

To learn more about managing conflict visit our website where you can complete our online Managing Conflict course

 

 

Why Equality & Diversity is Important in the Workplace.

Equality is the thought that people should all be treated fairly while diversity is about understanding that there are both individual and group differences and so people should be treated differently to fit their needs.

It is important to have both within the workplace as it gives the company a lot of benefits. one benefit is that it helps the businesses reputation, Diversity in the workplace is important for employees because the great reputation it helps to create leads to increased profitability and opportunities for workers.

Another benefit is that your staff will have more positive work relationships .  Positive working relationships leads to staff being more productive and focused on their work. It’ll also make work a nicer place to be in general so staff will feel comfortable being there.

It also important to have diversity and equality as it reduces the risk of legal action being taken against your company for things such as unfair dismissal and discrimination. The last thing any business wants is to be paying out thousands for something that could have been avoided.

Why not take a look at our Equality & Diversity online courses to further develop your understanding.

How an Apprentice could help your Business

People choosing to do an apprenticeship now stands at a record level,  there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year of which 121,250 were under 19.

There were 1,656,630 online apprenticeship applications made in 2015 to 2016.

So if so many businesses have taken on apprentices, how could it help yours?

Well,  Apprenticeships have been said to help businesses boost productivity by bringing in new talent that quickly helps to grow your skills base. According to gov.uk , 76% of businesses say that productivity has improved as a result of employing an apprentice.

They also provide a wide range of new ideas. Since they will be doing on-the-job training alongside existing staff, as well as external training with a learning provider, they will constantly be up-to-date with social and technological trends as well as motivating other members of staff with their fresh mindset!

Plus who wouldn’t want bespoke employees? Helping an apprentice realize their potential and supporting them through their training means you get a “grow your own” member of staff at the end of it. 67% of apprentices stay with the same employer after completion.

To speak to our team regarding apprenticeships please contact us on our website, via email or call us on 0845 223 2401

#WorksForMe: Joseph’s Story

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“I have found that since completing my apprenticeship my confidence both inside and outside work has increased rapidly. I now have the confidence I need to progress in and out of the workplace.

Whilst working under an Apprenticeship programme this has allowed me to not only gain my Business Administration Level 2 award but also my ICT Functional Skills Level 2. Both these Level 2 awards will help both in my current employment or if I decide to leave my current employer they will certainly help me in the very congested job market.

The best part of an apprenticeship though is the fact that I earn while I learn on the job. Being the only one of my generation of my family not to go University is fine with me as I don’t have any Student Debts over my shoulders. It’s great to think that whilst I am studying my apprenticeship I am actually earning as well!”

Joseph Pearson, Recruitment and Training Advisor, Steadfast Training Ltd

To speak to our team regarding apprenticeships please contact us on our website, via email or call us on 0845 223 2401

3 Need-to-know Job Interview Tips

 

  • Preparation
    While there is no way of knowing what questions the interview will ask you it’s a good idea to have some answers to common interview questions prepared. Stumbling over a question such as ‘What are you biggest strengths?’ does not bode well for you, write down some answers and try to memorise them before your interview!

    Don’t forget to research the company too, a quick Google search will give you all the information you need about a company so you can go into the interview with an understanding of what it does, it’s values and its audience/clients.

 

  • Be confident
    We know it’s easier said than done but try to trick the interviewer into thinking you’re confident, simple things such as body language and eye contact will help you achieve this! Avoiding eye contact and fidgeting will give off a ‘nervous’ vibe while good posture and eye contact will help you exude confidence.

 

  • Dress the part
    You only have a short amount of time to impress your interviewer, which means appearance can play a huge part in how you are perceived. For some great interview style tips check out our tips on dressing for interviews.

 

Interviews can be very daunting but being prepared can make the whole process a lot easier, our online Interview Skills course will develop your communication and interview skills!

3 Time Management Tips for a more productive day

Sometimes we are all guilty of letting our ‘to-do’ list get on top of us because it’s easier to put to one side or we just can’t find the time to fit it all in. 90% of us will of used the phrase ‘there needs to be more hours in the day’.

Steadfast Training Ltd are here to share 3 of our best time management tips to help you work more efficiently. For more help with time management take a look at our CPD online course that will teach you how to use your time productively.

Time Management Tips;

  1. Be Organised
    One of the most crucial factors of good time management is the organisation systems in place. Make sure your paperwork is in order and filed, limit your distractions and streamline your processes. A good step would be to streamline your emails, unsubscribe from lists you don’t need as this will stop distractions and keep your inbox organised.
  2. Complete the most important task first
    At the start of your day identify the 2 or 3 most crucial tasks, after you’ve completed these the day will be a success even if you take a break or carry on with the ‘less essential’ tasks. 

  3. Agree a time limit to complete a task
    Instead of thinking ‘I will work until I’ve completed this task’ start setting yourself deadlines. ‘I will work on this task for 2 hours’ will encourage you to work more productively and procrastinate less as you will be working against the clock.

To improve your time management skills enrol onto our Time Management online course, the 30 minute course will teach you simple processes to improve your time management and you can complete it at your own pace, in your own place!

 

5 Benefits of Online Learning

With the rise in popularity of Online Courses the traditional concept of education including a classroom with students and a teacher is quickly fading as online learning becomes an established, trustworthy and effective way of learning. If you are a busy adult learner you may want to consider these Online Learning benefits and continue further with your education.

  1.  Comfortable Learning Environment
    With no physical classes you are required to attend you can study from whichever location suits you, home, work or the local coffee shop? The only things needed is a laptop and a wifi connection and we are ready to expand your knowledge. Being able to study from home means no commuting time or travel arrangements are to be made.
  2.  Fits around your schedule
     Adult life is busy but online learning can be done any time of the day from any place allowing you to work around your schedule. This flexibility means you can gain a qualification in your lunch hour or improve your knowledge whilst waiting for a train – the opportunities are endless.
  3.  Improves Knowledge Retention
    e-Learning allows you to learn at your own pace without having to keep up, or held back, by other learners. Being able to work at a speed you are comfortable with is proven to increase knowledge retention.
  4.  Immediate Feedback & Results
    Online learning uses a method of online testing which doesn’t require a person to mark them, meaning your feedback and certificate will come through instantly after completing the course.
  5.  Cost Effective
     Due to the fact Online Learning can be completed anywhere means travel, location or room hire is not needed, cutting the costs dramatically e.g. our courses start from as little as £10!

To book an online course visit our site