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

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!

10 Style tips to help you nail an Interview

Apprenticeships, internships, and jobs (part-time and full-time) all require interviews, in some form or another – giving the right impression is vital to securing your place on some sort of ‘shortlist’ in the employer or interviewer’s mind. Of course, appearance isn’t everything, but if you are one-in-100 being interviewed, you need to stand out for all the right reasons.

Below, I’ll talk you through some of the basics for dressing for an interview.

  1. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  2. Linked to Rule 1, dress appropriately for the role. If you arrive at an interview for a Business Administration role dressed in khakis, steel toe-capped boots, and a shirt, you’re pretty much guaranteed to not get the job. However, if you arrive at a Construction or Building job interview wearing a suit and brogues, your chances of getting the job are not affected. Research (and common sense) is required.
  3. If in doubt, ask the employer! If you’re not sure what is expected of you, then an email to HR of the company asking about the correct interview attire for the role will not go against you, and may actually show the employer that you’re serious about giving them the right impression and that you’re eager to please.
  4. Don’t go overkill on accessories and distracting items of clothing – bright colours and lots of jewellery are generally a no-no. Jingling your way into the interview room isn’t professional, or necessary.
  5. Have a facial piercing or visible tattoo? Cover it up or take it out. While some companies are more forward-thinking than others, you can’t always be sure, and you don’t want that tattoo from ‘Maga 2k10’ ruining your chances at that dream job.
  6. Along the same lines as Number 5, if you have bright hair or a wacky hair-style – make it conservative for your interview. If you’re successful, then you may ask about what’s acceptable and what’s not.
  7. If you’re a man, you don’t necessarily have to be cleanly shaven, due to the acceptability of facial hair in the work place nowadays, but make sure your beard or moustache is well-groomed and neat.
  8. Make-up should be ‘natural’ and not showy. If you’re wearing too much make-up, chances are it’s going to have moved from how you originally applied it – smudged lipstick or eyeliner does not look good. Don’t take that risk!
  9. In terms of your clothing itself – wear ‘traditional’ suit colours; black, navy or grey – and make sure your jacket and trousers/skirt match. A well-fitted suit is best, too baggy or too tight can look unprofessional, and may make you feel uncomfortable. The situation is nerve-wracking enough, without worrying whether your trousers will split when you sit down. Your shirt should be buttoned to the top, with a tie and for women, never wear a low-cut top or a shirt with buttons that could pop open. A good suit is an investment, and having one ready for any short-notice interviews may be a good idea. Shoes should match your clothing, and should be formal. Don’t wear high-heeled shoes, falling over isn’t a good start, and again, you don’t want to be focusing on how to walk or on that foot-pain, more than on the interview itself.
  10. Keep cologne and perfume to a minimum, don’t wear overpowering scents – your interviewer could be allergic, or just might not like the smell, it could be very distracting.

Now your outfit has been sorted, you can focus on company research and perfecting that handshake – good luck!

If you need anymore help on preparing for Job Interviews, our online Interview Skills course is only £10.00.

Words by: Lauren Bycraft

Best Apprenticeship Vacancies this Month: January 2016

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Operations Team Apprentice
Anglia (UK)
Spalding
Weekly Wage: £132.00
Closing Date: 10/02/16
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Anglia (UK) Limited are looking for operations team apprentices to join them in Pinchbeck, Spalding, to do general office tasks, administering credit checks and DVLA checks when required, completing of daily reports, etc.

Anglia (UK) Limited are specialists in commercial auditing, credit management and responsive repossession solutions for valuable and highly mobile assets.

 

 

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Apprentice Business Administrator
Jaava Ltd
Peterborough
Weekly Wage: £192.37
Closing Date: 10/02/16
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To assist the manager with general admin and accounts duties including but not limited to: Answering the phone in a polite and professional manner, taking customers’ orders over the phone, chasing customers for payment of invoices, typing up quotes, All general admin duties, filing, updating the database etc.

This is a very busy dairy, delivering milk and associated dairy products to shops, companies, fast food outlets in Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and surrounding area.  The diary trades as Peterborough diaries and is based in Werrington, Peterborough.

 

 

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Apprentice Clerical Assistant
Willoughby School
Bourne
Weekly Wage: £122.10
Closing Date: 11/02/16
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To provide clerical support to Willoughby School. Main duties of the role are: to carry out data input – word processing/spreadsheets, to assist in creating materials to support teaching and learning – display work, to carry out filing and stock taking, to carry out photocopying, to assist the arrangement of routine in school activities such as; medical/dental examinations, school photographs, induction evenings etc.

Willoughby is an all age (2 – 19) Special School, for pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs.

The Willoughby School Vision is to inspire every child to achieve excellence in their learning and personal development through creativity and innovation in a happy and safe environment.

 

 

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Apprentice Administrator/Receptionist
Mason Thomas Limited
Stamford
Weekly Wage: £132.00
Closing Date: 10/02/16
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Role includes answering telephones and dealing with calls appropriately, taking messages and passing on relevant information. Monitor and order office supplies. Set up meeting room. This role will lead to further Administration duties in due course.

Bluebird Care (Peterborough & Rutland) & (East Northants) is a care franchise. They provide domiciliary care to a wide range of customers within Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland.