Volunteer Demonstrators and Trainers lead and teach groups of volunteers in training sessions.


The roles

Trainers and Demonstrators play a huge part the Community Operations Training team. They ensure outstanding quality training is provided to our people, enabling them to carry out their roles to a high standard. 

Trainers and Demonstrators: what's the difference?

Existing experience needed
You should already have experience of at least one St John operational role (like First Aider, buddy, or experience of our EDI courses) that you can offer demonstration sessions on. None. If you want to be a trainer and start from scratch, we can support you.
Level of responsibility
Occasionally deliver sessions related to your area of expertise, with the support of Trainers. With the support of your District Training Team, take the lead for whole courses or full sessions/days within a course.
Training you will receive
A short course to give you the skills needed.

An in-depth course which you will work on over approximately six months to become a fully qualified SJA trainer.

If you have an existing training qualification, we may be able to recognise it, so you may not need to do the full course.

Training and time commitment

The training and support we provide is as follows:

  • Welcome programme introducing you to the project & wider charity
  • Qualification as a St John trainer or demonstrator
  • Training in appropriate SJA policies
  • St John Safeguarding training relevant to your role
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities
  • Out of pocket expenses.

Expected Time Commitment

Trainers: average 10 hours per month
Demonstrators: at least 24 hours per year (usually at least four sessions a year)


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