Tick and Flick Vs Skills Retention

It’s a no brainer that we all enjoy quality training and a mission focused outcome. Humans work well in teams and excel in helping others, we’re designed that way.

If this is the set case, why do we see so many providers of practical skills like First Aid, Fire Safety Training and Work Health & Safety courses offering short and cheap training events? You know the 5 hour Provide First Aid course, $99.00 thanks for coming affair… Yes you might get a qualification… but, will it work when you need it most? Is it going to produce the outcome you need, or is it just another ‘tick in the box”?

We have been investing heavily in understanding human dynamics in emergencies and the outcomes it produces in high stress settings. After all most of our team have lived through events that easily could have killed them if the right skills were not used. From fighting structure fires to getting shot at to deescalating violent criminals, we have learn’t that your lowest skill-set is all you can rely on during high stress settings.

Knowing that we need excellent quality in our training and a mission focused outcome, why is it that providers of life saving skills simply follow the least amount of effort for their training courses? Simply turning up and running some slides and providing a short written test. Our focus is to change the industry by changing the expectations.

We would argue that students that have undergone short, impractical training would find stressful situations extremely overwhelming during traumatic events such as a motor vehicle accident (MVA).

Our vehicle accident simulation is available to students training onsite at our facility, among other training simulations, this quality is generating better skills retention and a realistic expectation of the course requirements. After all, why just talk about it?

We have a simple mantra, ‘Train how you fight!’

When we train students we simply have to know that the training is being absorbed. They way we actively test this is through our realistic scenarios by observing the students behaviours against the course criteria.

We argue that realistic scenarios and training’s can absolutely be added into national units of competency to enhance the users experience. Why train in first aid if you can’t show actual injuries, use (fake) blood agents and spend some resources back on your students? Where is the value of simply looking at a clean slide image of a bandage if you don’t use one?!

Our team will continue to up-skill and provide our take on what is the best degree of quality. The passion and drive we get when people walk out of realistic and immersive training is truly motivating and rewarding.

Stay safe and thanks for reading,

Jesse McNeilly, Director, Safe Response.

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