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The skills you need to save a life

Even basic first aid can save a life in an emergency.

One of the first things you will do as a new volunteer for St John Ambulance is complete a basic first aid training session, equipping you with the skills that can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. This is a short, straightforward short session, and is completed by all our volunteers in every part of the organisation.

Once completed, you can go on to begin your role-specific training.

Event first aiders will do five days training over six months. This includes a two-day introductory trainee first aider course, mentored sessions out on events, and then a three-day first aider operational skills course and assessment.

For more information about training for specific roles, check the role description on specific the volunteer vacancies.

On-going training and development

We will continue to provide you with on-going training and support. There are many opportunities to progress and develop within your role as a volunteer, including trainer and assessor roles, management opportunities, and more. Your line manager can help you to identify your strengths as a volunteer, and where there might be opportunities for progression.