People learning first aid/ CPR. Photo by Martin Splitt/ Unsplash

Is it a good idea to learn first aid?

Yes. Yes it is.

We could end the blog right there but we’re guessing that you might like to hear some reasons as to why it’s a good idea to learn first aid.

First aid is a life skill that can turn you into a walking, talking lifesaver. It can help you in more ways than you can shake a stick at. In this blog, we’re going to look at a number of the different reasons why learning first aid is a good thing.


Reason for learning first aid #1: You never know when you’ll need it

The thing about accidents is that they are unpredictable. They can happen at any time, in any place, and to anybody. If we knew when accidents were going to happen then they wouldn’t.

Learning first aid doesn’t mean you have to carry a full first-aid kit and defibrillator around with you at all times. If you’re going out on a Friday night, you don’t have to take anything else with you other than what you’d normally have – but with a first aid qualification in your back pocket you’re ready to save someone’s life, or at least stop their night from turning into a nightmare.

(We don’t literally mean in your back pocket by the way. You don’t have to carry your certificate around with you or anything. That would be daft.)

Once you’ve learned how to put someone in the recovery position, or what to do if someone is having a serious asthma attack, or is choking, you won’t easily forget it. It’s a bit like riding a bike.

If you’ve ever felt completely helpless and powerless when someone clearly needs some assistance and there are no doctors, nurses or people with any first training around, you’ll know how important your role could be.

And if you’ve ever been helped by a trained first aider, you’ll have an even better idea of how important they are.


Reason for learning first aid #2: It can actually improve your job prospects.

No, honestly. It can.

Have you heard of the HSE? The Health and Safety Executive? Its rules and regulations state that most places of work need at least one appointed first aider, even if they’ve only got two members of staff. And that’s if the office is deemed “low hazard” – e.g. it’s a shop or an office.

If there are 25 or more staff, the appointed member of staff has to be trained in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW).

“Higher hazard” places of work with five or more staff are duty bound to have at least one first-aider with EFAW or First Aid at Work (FAW) training. Which one depends on the kind of accidents and injuries you think might occur.

All that means that by taking a first aid course, you instantly make yourself more employable, whether you’re applying for a job as a foreman or an accountant.

It means your new employer might not have to spend out on getting someone trained, which instantly makes them more likely to give you the job above your competition, right?


Reason for learning first aid #3: It’s great for productivity

Maybe you’re reading this not as a person who is wondering about taking a first aid course themselves, but as a business owner or team leader.

Sending all your staff, or at least a few of them, on a first aid training course could actually improve productivity.

By the time your team have learned how to manage an unresponsive casualty and deal with a suspected heart attack, they would also have built up a great deal of camaraderie which would make your workplace a better place to be. That then translates into happier staff who, logic dictates, will work better together. It’s a win-win situation.


Reason for learning first aid #4: You’ll learn to save a life. And it won’t cost much either.

As we’ve said before, learning Emergency First Aid is a life skill which you’ll never regret learning.

Here’s another thing, though: it won’t exactly break the bank.

Our one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course gives you everything you need to be an appointed first aider within your organisation. It teaches you how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED),  Basic Life Support (BSL), including how to administer rescue breaths and CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), which is taught at every session.

And it costs just £95.

It’s perfect for anyone in low-risk environments or just for general use, but we would advise looking at our more exhaustive three-day course if you are working in a dangerous environment on a regular basis – or even if you would just like to get fully qualified from the get go.


Reason for learning first aid #5: We’ll give you tea and biscuits.

OK, so this doesn’t just apply to our first aid course and it’s not directly related to first aid either.

But the fact remains that if you book onto one of the First Aid courses at our Knowsley HQ, you’ll definitely get a warm welcome as well as lots of free parking and tea/coffee at break times.


Which first aid courses does Authentic Training offer?

At present, we run two First Aid in the Workplace courses.

Our one-day L3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work, also known as the Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF), gives you the basic training required for the position of First Aider in your organisation. It costs just £95 per person and there’s even more information about it here – including how to book on.

We offer large discounts on group bookings of up to 10 learners at one business location, charging just £499 at your office or £599 at our centre in Knowsley.

Our second FAW course – spanning three days –  has been designed especially for companies who need to meet their HSE Health and Safety requirements and costs £185 per person. We also offer large discounts for group bookings on this course and can deliver it at your premises or at our training rooms in Liverpool.

There’s more information about it here – including details of how to book on.


If you’ve got more questions, we’re here to help.

We’d love to talk to you about the Level 3 Award in Education and Training course.

To give us a call and speak to one of our expert trainers, ring 0151 546 5151 and ask for John or Kris.

Alternatively, send us an email at and we’ll get back in touch as soon as we can.

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