Pilgrims Group Training Academy moves to expand safety and First Aid education regime

Pilgrims Group’s Training Academy has gained accreditation and centre approval from two education providing bodies, namely City & Guilds and the medical training evaluation body, Qualsafe. As a result, Pilgrims can now provide numerous medical training courses in First Aid and Pre-Hospital Care (Emergency First Responder Level 3 and First Responder Emergency Care Level 3).

Pilgrims Group Training Academy is now extending its certification by working with the international training and compliance organisation, Highfield ABC, to gain centre approval and accreditation to be able to deliver Executive Protection (Body Guarding) Level 3, Security Operative Training and the Level 2 Door Supervisors course.

In addition to running courses approved by City & Guilds and Qualsafe, the global risk management and security specialist is known for its courses in hostile environment training, including realistic urban role play scenarios. By signing up to these agencies, the company is able to deliver a wide range of safety and First Aid training.

The relationships with City & Guilds and Qualsafe and the new relationship being built with Highfield ABC demonstrate that Pilgrims meets the highest standards, including protocols relating to the quality of instructors, diversity, integrity and quality assurance.

Pilgrims provides a variety of accredited training for businesses to help them keep their members of staff safe. Only recently, the company ran a Personal Safety and First Aid course with employees of multinational business Unilever. This featured a realistic scenario on how to deal with a ‘lone shooter’.

Extra sense of self-confidence

Operations director Paul Haywood said: “As a company, we travel extensively across the globe and traveller safety is a major concern. The on-site training gives an invaluable insight into the do’s and don’ts of international travel, from trip preparation through to taxi and hotel safety and how to react in an emergency. Elements of basic First Aid are also covered in case the worst should happen. The course certainly affords delegates an extra sense of self-confidence in avoiding and dealing with dangerous situations. Whether a novice traveller or experienced globetrotter, there are real nuggets of safety advice which will help to keep you safe on the road.”

Haywood added: “It’s also a great forum for exchanging details of incidents among the team and learning from these experiences. Although aimed at international travel, the same learnings can equally be applied in everyday life to make you more aware of potentially dangerous situations and how to react to them.”

Senior training manager Steve Amphlett explained: “Many providers of courses teach in a classroom setting. When individuals train with Pilgrims Group, though, they enjoy unique access to our urbanised training facility. This replicates a town environment with numerous streets and buildings. We stage practical, real-life scenarios using actors/role players, realistic-looking casualties with wounds, smoke and real vehicles, etc. We firmly believe that this really helps participants to prepare for real-life situations.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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