Some of the team have been revising for their LGV theory test recently where they came across some sections involving first aid and recommendations to do a first aid course. If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen our post.
Anyway, if you think about it, it’s safe to say that a vast amount of the accidental deaths and life changing injuries in the UK - and even the world, but that’s out of our AO for now! - are a result of some kind of RTC. Does this mean cars and other vehicles are one of the biggest public dangers and if so shouldn’t we focus on making sure people behind the wheel know how to react in such situations, it could be potentially life saving. How many of you can put your hand up and say you’d be able react to the ESP principles of first aid? Oh, you don’t know what ESP is? - You see my point...
How about coverage? There’s pretty much a car on all stretches of roads at times where incidents are likely, and that’s not just road incidents. What about the old lady walking to the shops that trips or the runner that collapses without warning? If drivers were first aid trained it could create a network of lay responders able to react and save lives and support our emergency services where response times are a constant concern due to cuts.
I don’t agree with speed cameras, I think they’re to ‘after the fact’, what’s the use of a fine when you’ve just smacked into a barrier at [cough] 70mph? They don’t really amount to much, ‘revenue generation’ springs to mind. Wouldn’t it be far more effective to focus on reducing the effects of incidents i.e. through meaningful first aid and driver awareness courses? People may quite Erasmus and say “Prevention is better than cure” and they’d be right. However, can we honestly say speed cameras are doing enough preventing to justify use of the quote? We drove down the A1 yesterday and we’d have to say no...
Are we suggesting first aid training should be mandated for drivers, no (well maybe for LGV drivers as part of their CPC/driver development) but we’re just suggesting it might be a good idea to have some basic first aid knowledge if worse comes to worst. It could help you with your theory tests to.
As a commitment to our aims to increase lay responders and community resilience, if you’re a driving instructor and can see where we’re coming from, offer you’re students an exclusive 20% discount on our first aid courses, on us. Just send them our way with your name. They’ll also get 10% off a first aid kit if they promise to keep it in their car :)
We're constantly saying that we don't (and won't) be a standard employability service and a generic CV churning machine. We believe there is real value and an edge to be gained in doing something different to improve aspirations and motivation that will help you in a competitive job market.
It's no longer enough to have good grades, especially if you're going after your dream job. You have to demonstrate that you're unique and up to the challenge. Employers say a good way to do this is through programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh's awards and charity fundraising.
You need to define yourself from the rest and we think adventurous activities with the prospects of raising money for charity is a good start and can give you something good to write about when it comes to writing your CV.
We've been at Thornwick Bay, Dalby forest and Hessle - looking for the Yorkshire Wolds Way - this week planning our courses as we believe in what we're saying. We could have stayed in our town centre office and possibly got a little more done, considering that's where the printer is, but we want our courses to meet our principles from the ground up, which is why we can plan them out of the office, showing our flexibility and we believe it helps with inspiration and can really define us as a business. The weather was also a motivator!
So which is it, sitting in a training room writing a CV or completing your CV at Dalby or on top of Mt. Snowdon with a little inspiration to give your CV that competitive edge?
NAS TAC LTD has signed up to a local youth project called 'Make £5 Blossom'. It's a youth project ran by the local council as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. The aim of the project is to create entrepreneurship in the young people and to see how much of a profit they can make. The profit is shared between charities and the schools and there's an award for the best businesses.
We gave £150 as sponsorship and pledged our support to a local school (Rise Academy).
We think the progress they've made so far is great and they've decided to work together so they have more money to invest into a couple of ideas instead of investing a small amount into 30 ideas. Their main idea is to create a colouring/quiz book with prominent Hull theatres and we've already got them in touch with the printers!
It was good to see how they started to think of ideas and we're looking forward to continuing to mentor them and help them make a profit and we're definitely looking forward to the presentation event in April.