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We are extremely pleased to announce that we are now able to offer training direct from our head office, here at Baglan Bay Innovation Centre, Port Talbot

We are delighted to announce that we have now officially moved to our new premises in Baglan Innovation Centre, situated in Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot.

It is the end of an era for us here at Llandarcy, after 15 years.

A CONSTRUCTION company has been fined after an employee died as a result of falling from a mobile tower

A Happy New Year to all our customers and suppliers from all of us here at First Rate Training.

We are pleased to announce that in 2022, we will now be offering the Highfield Accredited 3-day First Aid at Work certificate via Blended Learning.

A South Wales company has been fined after a worker was fatally electrocuted while operating a lorry mounted crane.

20 October 2021

With the warm weather returning this week, it is without a doubt many of us will be lighting up the barbeque and dining al-fresco. However, as wonderful as barbeques

Here in Wales, we have one of the lowest survival rates in Europe, and the lowest in the UK if someone suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest? With only a 4.6% survival rate,

Wishing you a Happy Easter from us all here at First Rate Training

With April fast approaching, we are looking ahead to Stress Awareness Month.

A BALLYMENA based firm, H&M Engineering & Roofing Specialists (NI) Limited has been prosecuted for multiple work-related offences relating to the death of one of their employees.

HSE has updated and expanded its advice to help employers provide adequate ventilation in their workplaces during the pandemic.

The Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) has stated that they are supportive of training providers who may wish to omit practical teaching and assessment of rescue breaths in

Mental Health Awareness Course

 2020 was an extremely challenging year for all of us and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the national lockdowns we are in, due to the new variant of the virus. I think we can all agree it has not been the best start to 2021!

In response to the current COVID 19 conditions First Rate Training has undertaken extensive evaluation of suitable training venues.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, First Aid still remains an essential skill. So how do we provide First Aid safely? First Rate Training has put together advice for our first aiders so you can provide these skills learnt, whilst keeping yourself and others safe.

Here’s an update of CPR guidance due to the COVID19 outbreak.

Throughout the lockdown that we have experienced due to COVID-19, First Rate Training is working hard to ensure we can support our clients in their training requirements.

With the recent news indicating the developing spread Coronavirus, First Rate Training would like to provide our clients and customers with an update on how we are being active in preventing the spread to Coronavirus in our course settings. 

First Rate Training is proud to promote Learning at Work Week! Have you heard of this brilliant campaign which has been running annually since 1999 to get staff learning!

New research has revealed that almost half (49 per cent) of children aged 6-11 in England have not received any form of pedestrian safety training in the past 12 months, despite road accidents being the leading cause of accidental death for children of that age.

Tesco manager in Leicester, Vishnu Samgi saved the life of an 8 week old baby by using first aid techniques that he had learnt from his work training course just months before!

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On May 2017, an agency worker started his first day of work in a Gloucester depot as a delivery driver. After a short induction, the worker set his day delivering his first drop successfully, however on the second drop; due to an incorrect address he was unable to deliver 12 beer kegs.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have reported how The Twinlakes Family Theme Park operator at Melton Mowbray witnessed an incident where one of its employees was badly injured whilst using a circular saw.

An East London construction and development company have been fined £300k after employee fell 7.5 metres which caused his death, had health and safety controls “on paper”.

With the weather across the UK dropping drastically over the past couple of days, we can say winter is definitely here!

Is your First Aid Knowledge up to date, winter brings cold weather and icy conditions that increases risks such as

First Aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.  There have been findings that around 60% of people who die through injury in the UK could potentially be saved by First Aid action.

After many years of campaigning, we have news that lifesaving first aid is set to be included in the national school curriculum

Is one of your New Year resolutions to review your workplace first aid and health and safety arrangements?

With Christmas parties comes Christmas food and buffets with a lot of finger food. With children and toddlers helping themselves, here are some rules to follow for catering for little ones!

The Worcester engineering firm was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1687.75 after Kidderminster Magistrates court heard of how a worker sustained a serious head injury whilst assembling a steel frame.

The South Wales Firefighters have been crowned as the WORLDS BEST at a world-wide competition!

The facilities management contractor Interserve has been fined after multiple safety failings were found at a laboratory site for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) annual statistics have confirm that 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and estimated 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/2018.

A Steel Fabricator company has been sentenced and fined after 19 year old employee fell through a roof whilst on his first day of work.

Yes, you heard us correctly... BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free!) on selected November Open Courses!

A policeman was hit by a car whilst on duty and stopped passers-by to help him stop bleeding to death. He is now urging others to learn First Aid as it is such a vital skill

Haverfordwest Magistrates Course heard of how 4 deaths were caused in June 2011 from an oil storage tank exploding during maintenance work. Another person was left with serious injuries

Due to continuing shortage of EpiPens, people have been informed to use their devices past their normal expiry date.

The medicines regulator has released that it had agreed to extend the shelf life of some 0.3mg EpiPens by four months

I am sure you have noticed that Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are being installed in more public places and maybe in your place of work!
This equipment is essential when witnessing and providing first aid to a person who has suspected cardiac arrest

In April 2017, a worker from a Worcester Manufacturing company was injured when a stack of panels fell.

HSE have issued their latest quarterly figures for fatal injuries for 2017/18. In this report it is shown that construction is the highest industry to workers to have been affected, and the highest cause of fatal injury is from falling from a height. The positive from the report is showing that the rate of fatal injuries show a long term fall since 1981 and has become broadly flat in recent years.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend in the Sun! With the heat wave to carry on through the week, here are some tips on how to keep safe during the warm weather!

First Rate Training is proud to promote Learning at Work Week! Have you heard of this brilliant campaign which has been running annually since 1999 to get staff learning!

European Committee have voiced that the UK government exemption of some Self Employed roles from section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work act as discriminatory and conflicts with the European Social Charter

HSE figures have shown that the most non-fatal injuries in work are a result of Manual Handling/falling.

At present, there is no legal requirement to possess a First Aid Kit in cars in the UK but in many European countries this is necessary, even if travelling through the continent.

Restart a Heart Day is a Europe-wide initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council. It was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of teaching members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

A recent survey conducted by WorkMobile, has found that 27% of young workers ages 18 - 34 have placed themselves at risk due to not following safety procedures. 

The report also found that a third of the young workforce admitted that they would not know how to deal with an incident correctly

At First Rate Training we offer diverse First Aid and Health & Safety Training that can meet your working requirements.  Why not contact Rebecca Morris on 08456 525249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

A recent press release from HSE gives evidence of how important Health & Safety in the workforce is.  A Swansea-base Director has been jailed and company has been sentenced due to continuous failures to comply.  HSE inspector Anne Marie Orrells said: “As the national regulator for workplace health and safety, we believe firm but fair enforcement of the law is one of a number of ways in which we help Great Britain work well.


Latest statistics from HSE have been issued of fatal injuries in 2016/2017, findings show it is 10 less fatal injury in the work place from the previous year. 
With this in mind, First Aid Training can help save a life and avoid accidents in the work place.
For more information on our First Aid Training please contact us on 08456 525249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trying to keep the children entertained with activities? Here are some tips if there was an event where an accident was to happen!

A recent report by Direct Line has found that apprentices are 73% more likely to be involved in a work based accident compared to the average worker!

The report has stated that there are 13,000 apprentices being non-fatally injured in the work place each year.

First Rate Training provide a number of First Aid Courses to ensure your new recruits are prepared, for more information please contact Rebecca on 08456 525249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With us witnessing the hottest day of the year in 40 years recently, there are many occupations that can be affected by Heat Exhaustion.

The sun can be the main cause of a hot working environment, but occupations that involve working with machinery such as bakeries, factories, laundries and kitchens.

On the 28th June, a company has been fined £135,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,653.12 due to a major fire incident in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Teesside Crown Court heard of the large fire that engulfed the premises of a company in the early hours of 14th May 2014. The fire involved a number of dangerous substances, one of which was drums of Vitride, causing each one to burst open and cause a large fireball.

In recent news, the disaster of the Grenfell Tower has triggered emergency safety review across UK's 4,000 high-rises with claims of the results being 100% failure on 60 high-rise safety tests. 

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) legislation is actively ensuring business owners and management are responsible for the safety of their staff.

Two companies have been fined after unsafe asbestos work was carried out on a property in Surrey.

Staines Magistrates’ Court heard how Kingsley Asbestos Services Limited (KAS), although a licensed asbestos removal contractor, was sub contracted by Bourne Valley Construction Services Limited (BVCS) to complete a project.

Theresa May’s letter has delivered to the European Council President to formally start the UKs Departure.

All newly qualified child carers with a level two or three qualifications are now required to hold a paediatric first aid certificate within the first 3 months of starting work.

We now offer this as part of our First Aid at Work Courses!

From recent news, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have announced that Defibrillator training will be included in Workplace First Aid Training from 1st January 2017.

As you may have noticed, our website has changed. This is the first stage of a new look First Rate Training.

As a company we are constantly growing, more customers, more staff and an enhanced portfolio of courses in the pipeline.  All this with the same ‘First Rate’ service! We are still conveniently based in South Wales just off the M4 between Swansea, Bridgend and Cardiff.  However we have trainers based all over the UK so we can still offer a UK wide service where distance is never an issue.